Parents Corner

Parents please continue to contact ELRC Region 18 with questions regarding your eligibility by calling 215-382-4762 or sending an email to

  • ELRC Region 18 remains closed to the public.
  • ELRC Region 18 has drop boxes available at our Northeast Philadelphia office (2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114) and in our West Philadelphia office (5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19139). Hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Need to complete a form for ELRC Region 18? Scroll down for a list of available ELRC Region 18 forms. Forms can be printed or completed online and submitted electronically.


  • New applications and Redeterminations are still being processed. Make sure to submit your documentation in person at one of our drop boxes or electronically (
  • Need help finding a provider? Search the online childcare tool or call us at 215-382-4762.
  • Remember to utilize COMAPSS to submit your redetermination or new application by visiting: ·You can also use COMPASS to apply for cash assistance, food stamps (SNAP) benefits, medical and more!
  • Supporting documentation can be sent electronically via fax (215-382-1199) or via email (

Family Fun Challenge!

⇒ Bake a cake                         ⇒ Make a scrapbook

⇒ Dance party                         ⇒ Play card games

⇒ Family Game Night             ⇒ Put on a puppet show

⇒ Family Movie Night             ⇒ Take a family stroll

⇒ Indoor bowling                    ⇒ Indoor picnic


Access Centers in Philadelphia
Access Centers provide Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students with a safe place for digital learning when caregivers work outside the home and have no childcare supports. Registration is required. Click here for more information on eligibility requirements and how to register.

Caring for Your Mental Health
If you’re experiencing anxious thoughts or overwhelming sadness right now, you’re like many other people. Challenging times have forced many of us to recognize that we need to take care of our mental and emotional health.  Free help is available through public resources.

CDC Guidelines for the upcoming Holidays
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.

Community Resources for Families in the Philadelphia Area
For 50 years, First Up has championed high quality early care and education for children from birth to age 8 in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  For information on their community resources during the COVID-19 visit their website.

Cora’s Family Resource Line
A private, not-for-profit service organization located in Philadelphia, PA, CORA Services provides an array of comprehensive professional services focused on prevention, intervention, remediation and referral assistance.  Their family resource line offers academic support, parent consultation, community resources and help with early childhood development.  Visit their website for more information.

COVID Alert PA App

COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) provided by Apple and Google. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 and pregnancy
Visit the CDC website for information on Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Newborns

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The City of Philadelphia is helping renters stay in their homes. One way is by offering emergency rental assistance to help tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Rental assistance helps landlords too. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Information for Travelers
If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Click here for a list of states in the travel advisory.

Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly)
The Early Learning GPS can help you set the right course for your child’s success in kindergarten and beyond!

Educating Communities for Parenting
Educating Communities for Parenting offers a variety of programs and services to nearly 500 clients annually at over 25 sites including traditional, alternative, charter, and disciplinary schools; foster care residences, homeless shelters, recovery facilities, and childcare centers.  ECP works with a diverse range of populations including teen and adult parents; adjudicated delinquent youth; young adults aging out of the foster care system; preschoolers, and children at grave risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. Workshops and programs are customized to meet the specific needs of the populations we serve.

Encouraging your child to wear a mask
Tips for parents and caregivers

Ending Hunger: Food Resources for PA Kids New
Food is a necessary resource for all people, but children especially need access to healthy meals in order to grow and thrive. October 12-16 is National School Lunch Week. The National School Lunch Program and other resources are available to PA families to ensure children have the nutritious meals they need. Click here for more information.

Eviction Diversion Program
The City of Philadelphia’s Eviction Diversion Program enables landlords and tenants to arrive at an agreement that works for both parties, without having to go to Court. This program is required for all landlords with tenants who have had difficulty paying rent due to a COVID-19 related hardship. Benefits of diversion and mediation include helping tenants avoid an eviction, while also helping landlords avoid vacancies and unit turnover costs.

Find free, nutritious food during COVID-19
Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19.  In response to this need, City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food: Food sites and student meal sites where any child can pick up free meals.  Click here for the latest locations and schedules.

Free financial counseling
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increases in expenses, decreases in income, shifting budgets, and personal financial uncertainty for many.  Philadelphia’s Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) are available to help individuals and families navigate their finances.

Free meals for seniors during COVID-19
The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are working together to ensure that older adults have access to free and nutritious food in spite of the challenges caused by COVID-19. Free grab-and-go meals are available at locations throughout the city.  Click here for locations.

Free pregnancy, baby, and toddler support during COVID-19
Click here for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s list of resources and free supplies available to you and your family during COVID-19.

FREE STEAM After-School Program
The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership’s work is in service to the field of arts in education. PAEP advances best practices through the design and implementation of arts in education programs building the capacity of teachers and artists to integrate the arts across the curriculum. PAEP’s FREE STEAM After-School Program has been converted to a virtual platform and will operate virtually for the foreseeable future. The program provides students in grades 5-8 with the unique opportunity to strengthen academic competencies through visual and performing arts practices.

Free Things to Do Online in October
Halloween Events, World Space Week, Dia de los Muertos, and Coffee Fest

Fun Fall Activities to do with Philly Kids New
Fall foliage, cooler temperatures, and doorways decorated in cornstalks and gourds create a welcome change from summer throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. As autumn settles into the region, Philly families anticipate traditions they know and love, including day trips to nearby corn mazes and hay rides, apple or pumpkin picking, and plenty more.  These are among our favorite fall activities, even in this era of COVID. This year, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up the classics as well as some new ideas.

Get Tested for COVID-19
Click here to find COVID-19 test sites in Philadelphia

Halloween Events for Philly Kids in 2020
If Halloween isn’t spooky enough, this year Philly parents have the frightful task of searching for safe ways to entertain little ghosts, witches, superheroes, and princesses in the midst of a pandemic. But Philly moms and dads need not fear! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up the best Halloween activities and events happening throughout the Delaware Valley.

Help Philadelphia recover from COVID-19
The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is excited to announce a new AmeriCorps opportunity in Philadelphia. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), pending funding from PennServe, have joined forces to offer a paid service year opportunity to anyone looking to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our Philadelphia community through contact tracing, isolation and quarantine efforts. For more information on the requirements and how to apply click here.

Help with digital access for Philadelphia’s K-12 student households
PHLConnectED will connect eligible K–12 student households with access to reliable internet service at no cost through June 2022. Participants will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees. The program will also provide digital skills training and support.

Outdoor Dining Guidelines During the Winter Months New
The City’s expanded outdoor dining initiative has enabled hundreds of restaurants across Philadelphia to earn much-needed revenue by offering outdoor dining, safely. As the weather gets cooler, new challenges are presented for restaurants. The City has been developing guidance and best practices as businesses prepare to offer outdoor dining through the colder months. The new guidelines—which address shelter and heating specifications—provide businesses with as much flexibility as possible, consistent with the Philadelphia Fire Code and current COVID-19 safety measures.

PA Promise for Children
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, known as PA Promise, is a campaign to help families make good choices about their child’s early learning and choose quality early learning programs that are right for their family. The Pennsylvania Office of Early Learning and Development (OCDEL) is the primary partner in PA Promise.

Top Halloween Events for Philly Kids in 2020
If Halloween isn’t spooky enough, this year Philly parents have the frightful task of searching for safe ways to entertain little ghosts, witches, superheroes, and princesses in the midst of a pandemic. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up the best Halloween activities and events happening throughout the Delaware Valley.

Updates on City Services
Click here to see the latest status and availability of key City of Philadelphia services.

Due to COVID-19:
The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 18 will be closed to the public until further notice.
ELRC Region 18 will continue to work with State and local government as well as community resources to provide services to parents and providers remotely.
Parents and Providers can drop off information Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for processing at the following locations:
Northeast Philadelphia: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
West Philadelphia: 5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19139.
Check the COVID-19 Newsletter for the latest updates.