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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.

Note that at this time, the application window is currently closed.

Awardees


To date, Reinvestment Fund awarded a total of $5 million in grant awards to 415 childcare providers, early intervention and home visiting services.

  • 600 total applications received from launch on April 6 to May 12, 2020.
  • $5 million in grant awards to 415 childcare providers, early intervention and home visiting
    services.
  • 45% of awardees are single-site centers; 24% are multi-site providers; 18% 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 61% of awardees; and 39% were STARS 1.
  • Of the total awardees, 87% are women-owned organizations and 74% are people of color.
  • The awards are expected to preserve 3,851 jobs in the sector at the same level of
    employment prior to the crisis with another 1,221 jobs at a portion of pay/benefits.
  • Funds will maintain 31,187 of Philadelphia’s licensed childcare seat capacity.

Learn more about the awards in the PEFSEE Awards Summary.

 

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.

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.

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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