Philadelphia's New PHLpreK Program Creates Teaching Opportunities

Philadelphia's New PHLpreK Program Creates Teaching Opportunities

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PHILADELPHIA PA – Mayor Jim Kenney's PHLpreK, the City of Philadelphia’s quality pre-K program, funded by the City of Philadelphia Soda Tax, has created 251 jobs to date. In a survey completed by PHLpreK providers last week, pre-K center owners and directors reported having created 191 teaching positions; 147 of which are full time and 44 are part-time. In addition, pre-K providers have hired 60 support and administrative staff members. The average wage reported is $14.72 per hour. Also See.. Philly's Mayor Jim Kenney Establishs a Pre-K Advisory Board

“We’ve long known about the economic impact that investment in quality pre-K has on local communities,” said Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia. “PHLpreK is not only preparing students for success in school, but it’s also creating jobs in the early childhood educator sector. Nearly half of all providers have also made facility enhancements that required hiring professional contractors, and we know that parents have also been able to return to the workforce as a result of this initiative.”

“The impact of the jobs created by PHLpreK is invaluable,” said Commerce Director Harold T. Epps. “The more than 250 jobs created have been added in our neighborhoods and they support a number of women and minority-owned businesses. Studies show that pre-K providers and staff tend to spend their earnings locally, so we know the effects of these positions will continue to be felt in our local economy.”

88 pre-K programs are growing their businesses by participating in PHLpreK. 75% of these small businesses are owned by women and/or minorities. A dozen pre-K providers are still seeking lead and assistant teachers. View open positions and contact a center directly to apply.

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