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Action for Early Learning

Listing Last Update: January 23, 2017


3401 Market St, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Primary Contact

Maria Walker

(215) 895-6904

Educational services

  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

The West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative (AFEL) is a Drexel University-led collaboration of community stakeholders and social service and education agencies working together to create an education support system for children and families in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone – a high-need, high poverty area. The Initiative aims to build awareness about how high quality early childhood education increases children's life-long success while improving the quality of childcare providers and linking Pre-Ks to Kindergartens to ensure seamless transitions for families. It also supports Pre-K to 3rd grade literacy instruction so children are better prepared for Kindergarten and reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Mission Statement

Since 2014, Action for Early Learning has provided support
for families in West Philadelphia with the following goals:

Strengthen the quality of Early Childhood Education centers in the Promise Zone;

Ensure access to quality Early Childhood Education;

Provide literacy support to Early Childhood Education centers;

Promote the importance of early literacy and Kindergarten readiness through family literacy activities;

Build awareness about the importance of quality Early Childhood Education among Promise Zone families.

Hours of operation: 9 to 5

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I am so grateful for Action for Early Learning's leadership around early childhood education. Not only has it helped my son, but through continued outreach and awareness, it will help other children in the community."

Rachel, AFEL Family Ambassador

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Total population of target area - 20,150

Number of families with children under 5 - Approx. 500

Number of children under 6 years old - Approx. 1,500

Number of childcare centers in AFEL Alliance of Childcare
Providers - 19

Number of children served in target childcare centers - 720

Number of directors, teachers and assistants -childcare
through third grade - Approx. 100

Percent of people without HS diploma - 22%

Percent of families living in poverty - 31%

Unemployment Rate - 18%

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