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Early Childhood Education: Contracted Seats Programs in Philadelphia

In an industry plagued by low operating margins and limited reserves, the financial stability and higher reimbursements provided by seats funded from contract programs are an important lifeline for providers. In Philadelphia, the three largest programs that offer contracted seats are Head Start Supplemental Assistance, Pre-K Counts, and PHLpreK.

To understand more about how these programs are used in Philadelphia, Policy Solutions examined the eligibility criteria for each program, current participation rates, and spoke with providers to understand more about their experience with program applications.

This report describes the number and share of operators in the city that are eligible for each program, the number and share of programs that currently participate in each program, and themes from interviews and focus groups with providers.