With funding support from the William Penn Foundation, we have an exciting new funding opportunity for Early Childhood Education providers in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Early Learning Instructional Excellence Initiative (PELEI) Curriculum Fund will provide child care facilities, operating in Philadelphia, with funds to support the purchasing and implementation of high quality, OCDEL approved curriculum. Providers and teachers will work with a Classroom Practices Facilitator to determine the supports needed for the successful implementation of the curriculum. Directors and teachers will be supported through facilitated Community of Practice meetings, individualized TA and classroom observations.

Important Dates

  • Application Release Date: January 13, 2020
  • Informational Webinar/Kickoff Meeting: January 17, 2020 (1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.)
  • Application Due Date: February 10, 2020
  • Awardees Announced: February 28, 2020

Informational Webinar/Kickoff Meeting
Curriculum Fund Informational Meeting
Fri, Jan 17, 2020 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EST)

You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

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Access Code: 788 591 597

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Before applying, please ensure your organization meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Keystone STAR 3 and 4 child care providers operating in Philadelphia
  • Non-profit or for-profit organization
  • Currently serving at least 50% low-income (subsidy, waitlist subsidy, Head Start or Pre-K Counts) or other vulnerable populations (children with identified special needs, IEPS/IFSPs) or able to demonstrate a commitment to serving low-income and vulnerable families
  • In good standing with DHS Certification and free of city, state and federal liabilities

STAR 2 providers that meet the following may apply:

  • Current or Prospective PHLpreK, Head Start, or Pre-K Counts provider
  • Currently receiving Technical Assistance through a quality initiative such as the Early Learning Resource Center or EQUIP with documented goals to move to a STAR 3 within 12 months or less
  • Has at least 50% of enrolled children that receive a subsidy
  • Located in a high need area as defined by Childcare Map to have a shortage of high quality and services a high poverty population

Fill out the application and email us back the completed form.

Applications must be submitted via email to the Philadelphia Early Learning Instructional Excellence Initiative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please work with our staff to ensure all items are emailed and accessible. A confirmation of receipt will be sent once your complete application is received.
Funding notifications will be emailed to the legal entity contact.

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Contact Us
Curriculum Fund
Public Health Management Corporation
Centre Square East
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
PHONE: 215.764.2074
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