A Running Start Philadelphia

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The citywide early learning plan, For every child birth to 5.

The five years from infancy to kindergarten are the most important in life. Poverty and the trauma that often accompanies it can slow the development of infants, toddlers, and preschool children. It can affect how physically and emotionally healthy they grow up, how well they get along with others, and how well they learn. High quality early learning is one of the most effective means to help children overcome the effects of inter-generational poverty and develop the tools they need to succeed in school, get good jobs, and raise healthy families themselves.

A Running Start Philadelphia is a comprehensive plan to improve the school readiness of our city’s youngest children. It was developed over the last eight months with involvement from 400 community leaders, parents, educators and early childhood education providers. It is a crucial component of Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, the city’s comprehensive anti-poverty strategy launched formally in the summer of 2013.

To view the Executive Summary, click here.
To view the Plan, click here.
For A Running Start Philadelphia appendices, click here.
For photos from A Running Start Launch, on June 2, 2015, click here.
For news coverage of A Running Start Philadelphia, click here.
For the latest edition of our bimonthly newsletter, click here.
For information on 2016 kindergarten registration, click here.


Browse the slideshow below for community pledges to Philadelphia’s children:


Kindergarten Registration Flyer