by Kristen A. Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 29, 2014
In a city with more than 2,000 child-care and preschool facilities, just 15 percent are considered “high quality” by education advocates. And information about them is tough to come by.
A coalition of local nonprofits on Wednesday launched a Web tool to attempt to make it easier for parents to find strong programs in their area.
William R. Hite Jr., Philadelphia School District superintendent, hailed the new resource, which he said could help spur more high-quality early childhood education options.
“If we could do only one thing to change the trajectory of student outcomes, it is this thing,” Hite said at a news conference.
Eva Gladstein, executive director at the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, said the problem must be addressed, “but we see this Web portal as being an important first step.”