Philadelphia Early Childhood Education Guide

An in-depth look at Philadelphia’s early education landscape at a critical moment

Olga Rosario, is a dual-language kindergarten teacher at Lewis Elkin Elementary School in Kensington. This school year, she is closely observing the development of early learners .
Many educators and advocates agree that parental involvement is key in early learners’ development — even more so after nearly two years of disrupted learning.
Staffing has always been an issue in the industry due to its persistently low pay and often stressful working conditions, but shortages worsened during the pandemic.
Preschool suspensions and expulsions in public schools have decreased in the last several years, but disparities based on race, gender and disability status persist.
The largest of Pennsylvania’s state-funded preschool programs serves only a fraction of the state’s nearly 300,000 3- and 4-year-olds.
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