Universal Pre-K Hearing

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Share Your Thoughts on Pre-K with the Philadelphia Commission on Universal Pre-K

Philadelphia’s Commission on Universal Pre-K is charged with creating a plan for a universal pre-k system in Philadelphia and they need to hear from YOU. They want to hear your feedback, expertise, and experience as an ECE professional and/or parent!

Please consider voicing your opinion on how to design a high-qaulity pre-K system that positively benefits children, parents, and quality ECE professionals alike.

Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten Public Hearing
  September 30, 2015 - 4pm-6pm
City Council, Room 400, City Hall 


The Commission has requested public feedback from a diverse representation of advocates, parents, providers, and the business community and engaged citizens. Topics for consideration include (but as not limited to):

  • Type of delivery system; suggested settings to provide pre-K services;
  • Cost per child for high quality pre-K; 
  • Compensation for the pre-K workforce;
  • Financing models and recommendations for how to fund these services;
  • Funding priorities; priorities for providing services and to whom; and
  • Traditional school day/school year vs. full day/full year.

Speakers are limited to 3 minutes. If in person, it is appropriate to read directly from your pre-written statement (approximately 2 double-spaced pages).

Register to speak and submit testimony electronically to prek@phila.gov or drop-off written testimony in City Hall, Room 225 before Wednesday, September 23rd at 5 p.m. Please bring copies of testimony to the hearing if not previously submitted electronically.

About the Commission

In May 2015, the creation of the Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten passed with overwhelming support by Philadelphia voters, with more than 80% voter approval. The objective of the Commission is to propose a universal pre-kindergarten program that provides high-quality, affordable, and accessible educational services to three-and four-year olds throughout Philadelphia. The Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten shall be guided by the principle that high-quality early childhood education has the potential to produce life-long learners who will become contributing citizens.