City pre-K enrollment now open for fall

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The second year of the city’s free PHLpreK will begin in September and there are about 780 seats available.



Since the program launched in January, funded by the city’s sweetened beverage tax, 769 students moved up to kindergarten and 13 left for other reasons, Sarah Peterson, a spokeswoman for the city’s pre-K program said. The city has said it will not increase its seats beyond 2,000 while litigation against the tax is pending. The remaining seats are filled by students who started the program at 3 years old and still have another year left in pre-K.

The city last Wednesday won its second legal victory when a panel of judges in Commonwealth Court upheld the legality of the tax. A lawyer for the American Beverage Association and a coalition of retailers said the group will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.





Families interested in enrolling their children in pre-K are encouraged to call (844) PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) to sign up.

Part of the city’s goal is to work with providers whose programs are not currently considered “high quality” under a state rating system known as Keystone Stars and boost their rating.

Since January 13, providers moved from one- or two- star ratings to three or four stars, Peterson said.






















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