Children First’s Report Series on COVID’s Impact on Children – READ THE COUNTY REPORTS HERE


More than half a million children attend public schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Children First works to ensure that our region’s children arrive at school ready to learn, and attend schools that have the resources needed to provide a high quality education.

That can only be achieved through:

  • equitable and adequate funding
  • equal opportunity

The better our schools are, the brighter the future will be for our children and our region.


Children First participates in three powerful education coalitions to advance our work:

PA Schools Work

PA Schools Work fights for equitable, adequate funding necessary to support educational excellence. Investing in public education excellence is the path to thriving communities, a stable economy and successful students.


Greater Philadelphia Extracurricular Collaborative (GPEC)

GPEC improves the quality and reach of out-of-school time and extracurricular programs in the Greater Philadelphia region so children reap benefits across every part of their lives.


Read by 4th

Read by 4th is a Philadelphia coalition of family, community, and systems leaders protecting every child’s right to read.



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