Expanding Early Childhood Options

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Community Partnership School





Organization Overview:

Community Partnership School (CPS), a Pre-K through 5th grade independent elementary school in North Central Philadelphia, partners closely with families in educating the whole child and making quality education accessible, in particular, to children from low-income households. In 2017, CPS procured a 70,000 square foot abandoned building in the Brewerytown/Strawberry Mansion section of North Philly and rehabilitated this former train repair warehouse into an oasis for learning, connection, and growth.

While our neighborhood is full of rich history and resources, chronic poverty and under-investment over several decades have taken their toll. In recent years, the community has experienced rapid gentrification, often with great tension, and economic and demographic shifts are evident. The School is positioned in the middle of these shifts as a potential hub for bringing these factions together across stratified lines of race and socio-economic status.

Project Name:

Expanding Early Childhood Options
Project Type: 
Program Development

Project Overview:

CPS seeks to expand its early childhood programming, creating an enterprise separate from the Kindergarten through 5th grade portion of our operation. In so doing, CPS seeks to research various government-sponsored early childhood initiatives, like PHLPreK, Head Start, and PreK Counts. After researching and assessing alignment, CPS would begin application processes as required, while carefully assessing potential demand for early childhood programming in our immediate community and neighboring sections of the City.


In close collaboration with CPS’ Advancement and Enrollment teams, the Fels partner will deliver an early childhood staffing and funding model based on data-informed best practices as well as a broad sense of community-informed need. Where previously connected, this model will frame an initiative that operates separate from the elementary program, with projections that include budget and headcount estimations.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326