The goal of the Office of Early Childhood Education is to enrich the lives of young children through early education.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Early Childhood Education is to provide the foundation for life-long learning. The focus of our work is to systematically plan and implement programs that most effectively use human, financial, and programmatic resources to meet the needs of children ages three to six and their families. Our goal is to ensure that every child in our program is safe, mentally and physically healthy and engages in activities which promote learning and success. Our guiding principles are systemic in approach, grounded in research, and are characterized by significant levels of parent involvement and community support.

Our Vision

The vision of the Office of Early Childhood Education is to make a difference in the lives of children ages three to six and their families by providing high quality, comprehensive, developmentally appropriate early learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment that supports and respects diversity.

Research Protocol

All requests to conduct research studies in The School District of Philadelphia’s schools are screened by the Office of Research and Evaluation’s Research Review Committee.
Additionally, requests to conduct research in our early childhood Head Start programs must be approved by the program’s Parent Policy Council and adhere to the research guidelines of the program’s granting agency.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.