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

  • 20 Philly Museums You Can Visit for Free
    Museums are a great way to spend a family weekend, especially during the winter. But if you don’t have a membership, admission prices can add up quickly, especially if you have a large family. Thankfully, Philadelphia and its suburbs are home to a number of museums where kids can learn and play for FREE. (Not every museum offers free admission every day so make sure to check for details about dates and times). Click here for the full list.


  • Black History Month Exhibit at Smith Playground
    Smith Memorial Playground’s inaugural Leaders and Legends of North Philadelphia Black History Month exhibition celebrates inspirational African American leaders who have made momentous, positive change in the fields of activism, arts, business, education, public service and sports and have become a part of North Philadelphia’s history. Bring the family out to see displays of each honoree which include biographical information, highlighted facts for caregiver to “Quiz the Kids”, and suggested Philadelphia landmarks, activities, and reading dedicated to or inspired by each honoree that families can explore after they leave Smith.


  • Black History Month Storytelling Sundays
    Celebrate Black History Month with Storytelling Sundays in February at the Betsy Ross House. A Once Upon a Nation Storyteller will be on the courtyard stage sharing short, interactive tales highlighting the contributions that Black colonists and early Americans of color made during our nation’s early days.  Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has a long tradition of honoring those people and groups who are often overlooked by the history books. Storytelling is included with admission to the Betsy Ross House.


  • City’s Renewed Commitment to Workforce Development, Including $1 Million for Innovative Workforce Solutions
    In the fall of 2020, the Commerce Department’s Office of Workforce Development released a Call for Ideas seeking proposals for the new Workforce Solutions Grant. The goal was to identify innovative solutions that address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by long standing racial injustice. Through the Workforce Solutions Grant, the City of Philadelphia is investing $1 million in organizations and programs that will intentionally identify, elevate, and address the specific challenges Black, brown, and other historically disadvantaged residents face when preparing for and entering the workforce. Click here to read more about this program.


  • 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 vaccinations in Philadelphia
    The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases in Philadelphia. Vaccine is now available to people who are eligible in phase 1a and phase 1b. To learn more about the City’s phased distribution of vaccine click here. To reserve your place in line for the COVID-19 vaccine click here.


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


  • Expansion to SNAP for Qualifying College Students
    The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced a temporary change in eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), expanding eligibility to certain college students who qualify based off their families’ income but normally would be ineligible for the program due to being a student. Click here for more information.


  • Find emergency housing
    If you are experiencing homelessness, you can go to an intake center and get help. You can also get help if you are at risk of losing your home. Click here for more information on available resources.


  • 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 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.


  • Help with homelessness for Youth
    The Synergy Project, a street outreach program, is designed to help runaway, homeless, nomadic and street youth, age 21 and under, in Bucks County, Philadelphia, Allentown, and Dauphin County. The program offers survival supplies (food, clothes, hygienic products, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc.), peer support, informal counseling (individual, family, or group), information and referral services and assistance to get off the streets, if desired. Click here for more information.


  • Indoor Activities for Kids
    Discover 30 days of indoor activities to get your family through an entire month of at-home play with kids of all ages. Tuck it away for a rainy or blustery day, or break it out now if facing another round of stay-home orders. Click here for fun indoor activities.


    We empower youth to believe in their full potential by taking them out of the world they know and into a world of possibilities. IT TAKES PHILLY, INC. was built on the hypothesis that inner city youth who are exposed to professionals and have direct contact and feedback regarding goal setting, valuing yourself, delayed gratification and learning that they are directly responsible for their success in life, are more likely to succeed in their professional and personal goals. Therefore, this program is expressly designed to expose children to professions that exist within and outside of their communities, to show them that we as professional people and members of society are invested and care about their future. For more information visit our website.


  • Philadelphia Announces Potential Budget Gap of $450 Million for Fiscal Year 2022 and Asks for Residents’ Input
    The City announced that preliminary estimates for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget (starting July 1, 2021) show a $450 million budget gap could occur for its General Fund operating budget. This gap represents the difference between the projections for anticipated revenues and available reserves ($4.7 billion) and expected costs to provide current services (over $5.1 billion). For more information and submit your input click here.



  • Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution Celebrates Black History Month
    Celebrate Black History Month and explore the stories of unsung Revolutionaries with the Museum this February. In the Museum’s galleries and through special virtual events for all ages, experience a fuller and more inclusive history of the nation’s beginnings and discover that the Revolutionary story is for everyone.


    Landing your first job when you don’t have any experience can be difficult. This is especially true if you haven’t finished high school or have other barriers to overcome. Philadelphia Works supports special programs to help young adults access career opportunities.


  • Save Your Home Philly
    The SaveYourHomePhilly hotline (215-334-4663) is the only government-authorized foreclosure prevention program in Philadelphia. It is staffed by trained lawyers and paralegals who can assist you with your case, connect you with a housing counselor or, in certain instances, refer you to legal services available to eligible low-income homeowners. Click here for more information.


  • Smith Play Jawn TV Show
    Smith Play Jawn” is Smith Memorial Playground’s new TV show which encourages and models playful learning at the Playground, in nature, and in everyday spaces.  Join us for music time, story time, at-home and nature play ideas, and to share YOUR jawn! Smith will produce a new episode with a special theme each month which will air weekly on Wednesdays. Tune in Wednesdays at 3pm on: Comcast 66/966HD | Verizon 29/30 | online



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


  • What Business Owners Need to Know about the Latest Round of PPP
    The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened applications for eligible businesses. Businesses that did not receive a PPP loan last year (“First Draw” businesses) are eligible to apply if they have 0-500 employees. Businesses that received a PPP loan last year and are seeking another PPP loan (“Second Draw” businesses) are eligible to apply if they have 0-300 employees. Sole proprietors may be eligible to apply. Existing borrowers who did not receive loan forgiveness by December 27, 2020 are eligible to reapply for a First Draw PPP loan if they previously returned some or all of their First Draw PPP funds. Click here for more information.


    PA CareerLink® Philadelphia staff are here to assist the unemployed and underemployed residents in our local economy by connecting them to family-sustaining jobs and to help employers develop their pipeline with qualified talent.
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.