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Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE)

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The Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) aims to ensure that Philadelphia’s early learning sector can weather the COVID-19 crisis. PEFSEE provides grant funds to minimize the loss of capacity and expertise in the sector so that children and families continue to have access to high quality early learning opportunities once this crisis has passed.

PEFSEE is funded through grants from the William Penn Foundation and Vanguard’s Strong Start for Kids Program and is administered by Reinvestment Fund. At this time, the application window is currently closed as we process applications submitted from April 6 through May 12. 

Awardees


The application window is currently closed as we process applications submitted from April 6 through May 12.  Awardees to date met eligibility requirements and demonstrated our priority considerations and enable us to meet the program goal of maintaining high-quality early learning services for children ages 0-5 in locations accessible to our city’s most vulnerable populations.

Funds supported early learning organizations that needed support to sustain basic expenses, particularly payroll and rent and mortgage assistance; those offering temporary educational enrichment or supporting child and family needs such as diapers, formula, or other materials usually provided; and those offering care for children of essential workers.

To date, Reinvestment Fund awarded a total of $3.7 million in grant awards to 271 childcare providers, early intervention and home visiting services.

  • 524 total applications received from launch on April 6 to May 6, 2020.
  • $3.7 million in grant awards to 271 childcare providers, early intervention and home visiting
    services.
  • 46% of awardees are single-site centers; 28% are multi-site providers; 14% are home-based
    providers; and 11% are group providers.
  • High-quality (STARS 3 and 4) providers and STARS 2 (majority of which participate in move-up or
    quality improvement activities) make up 71% of awardees; and 29% were STARS 1.
  • Of the total awardees, 87% are women-owned organizations and 71% are people of color.
  • The first round of awards is expected to preserve 2,901 jobs in the sector at the same level of
    employment prior to the crisis with another 764 jobs at a portion of pay/benefits.
  • Funds will maintain 21,482 of Philadelphia’s licensed childcare seat capacity.

Learn more about the awards in the PEFSEE Awards Summary.

 

Future or Unmet Needs


We understand many are looking to the future and in order to resume safe and high-quality operations may require support for the following:

  • Peer support– Groups of providers that wish to affiliate as an informal network during this crisis for the purposes of sharing information and resources.
  • Re-opening costs– Once the crisis has passed, funds may be required to support costs related to cleaning/sanitizing of spaces and equipment, updated health and safety training, purchase of new perishable items, and perhaps meals before CACFP resumes.
  • Summer programs and continued enrichment activities– With the hope that groups will be able to gather again in the summer months, programs may be planning for summer enrichment activities, in particular, preparing children for kindergarten entry.
  • Re-positioning planning– Some providers will find that the economic toll may make it impossible to continue operating as an independent entity. Some may wish to continue serving children and families through organizational repositioning (a merger, acquisition, shared-services or defined collaboration), or seek help with marketing, family engagement and other enrollment activities by participating in a planning project that will offer guidance, technical assistance and funding to retain professional services.

If there are other needs and supports you have identified, but are not listed above, please email PEFSEE@reinvestment.com with the subject line: “FUTURE NEEDS”, so that we may collect this information.

If and when another round of PEFSEE funding is made available, the following eligibility criteria will remain:

  • licensed centers, family and group homes serving children ages 0-5 (operators that have >50% enrollment in school age programs are not eligible)
  • other organization providing early intervention and home visiting programs
  • sites located in Philadelphia
  • for profit and non-profit organizations
  • single and multi-site providers (Please note: only one application can be accepted per legal entity)
  • organizations will need to attest that they are current on all local, state and federal taxes (or on a payment plan).
  • organizations with multiple and/or recent licensing infractions may not be considered

Resources


Have questions?

  • Email us at PEFSEE@reinvestment.com
  • Call us at 215-574-5975 and leave a voicemail. We will do our best to call you back within 24 hours. Please leave a brief message including your name, phone number, and question, and best time to reach you.

Support for PEFSEE


The Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) is funded through grants from the William Penn Foundation and Vanguard’s Strong Start for Kids Program and is administered by Reinvestment Fund.

You too can support Philadelphia’s early learning community at this time, by donating to PEFSEE at justgiving.com/campaign/PEFSEE.

Institutions interested in providing grants or donations to PEFSEE, should contact info@reinvestment.com.

100% of donations to PEFSEE will be directed to grant awards for eligible programs. Administrative overhead has been covered by the William Penn Foundation and Vanguard.

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