Early Education & Youth Development

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For our children, our services include a daily preschool enrichment program and academic focused after-school program. We partner with the School District of Philadelphia, Public Health Management Corporation and Department of Human Services to ensure the best education in a healthy environment for our children.

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Improvement in reading for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

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Students experiencing academic gains in reading for grade K-7th

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Students experiencing academic gains in math for grades K-7th

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Students improved behavioral grades

Early Education

Preschool at Mercy begins as early as 2.5 years old, with a focus on fine motor skills, site word development, reading comprehension and smooth transition to Kindergarten. We believe that early success in a child’s learning provides confidence and skills needed for the future. Our goal is to create a positive and enthusiastic attitude toward learning. For both preschool sites, we are a Keystone STARS Level 4 organization – the highest level of accreditation for childcare in the State of Pennsylvania.

Hands on learning opportunities bring engagement to the forefront of the program day. not only experience the rigor of fine motor skill building, site word development, name recognition, and reading comprehension, but they also connect their learning to experiences that become 3 Dimensional. At the end of their Pre-K year at Mercy, staff and children beam as they transition to kindergarten with skills of writing their names, reading books aloud, and knowing 100 site words.

Head Start, Pre-K Counts and CCIS funding is available for qualified parents to remove any cost barriers and bridge the gap for families looking for quality preschool programming.

Mercy OST

Our daily after-school programming – ranked a Top 50 Out-of-School Time program in the city – serves over 150 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Academically, students receive homework assistance each day and participate in weekly STEM learning workshops with partners, such as SPARKmakers, who introduce our children to the concepts of coding, forensic science and aquaponics. In continuing to offer activities that help the development of the whole child, we introduced physical education & athletics to our programming earlier this year, with fitness classes led by our partner UGOT Active Kids and soccer clinics in partnership with the Starfinder Foundation.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Head Start”?

Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensiveearly childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

Who is eliglible for Head Start?

Children from birth to age five who are from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services. Children from homeless families, and families receiving public assistance such as TANF or SSI are also eligible.