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

Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases
In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. The new “Safer at Home” restrictions are effective November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021

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.

Celebrating the holidays safely during COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city, traditional holiday gatherings are now very dangerous. To reduce your risk, spend the holiday with your immediate household members only. Click here for safer ways to celebrate the holidays.

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.

Community Testing Events
Click here for dates and locations of COVID-19 testing events in the Philadelphia area

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How to Safely Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season
Small Business Saturday, held this year on November 28, usually marks the start of the holiday shopping season. People are encouraged to shop small and visit local commercial corridors. Small Business Saturday celebrates local small businesses, the people who run them, and the important impact they have in their communities. But your support for small businesses doesn’t have to begin and end on Small Business Saturday—local shops and entrepreneurs need your business now more than ever.

Kid-Friendly Fall Hikes and Walks in the Philly Area
It’s fall in Philly. That means it is time to get outside, take a deep breath, listen to the leaves crunching beneath your feet, and enjoy a hike before winter snow and holiday planning set in.

Taking the kids on a hike or a walk in autumn is a great way to get a fresh look at the Philly area

Outdoor Dining Guidelines During the Winter Months
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.

PECO Powers through COVID-19
PECO understands that many customers are continuing to face financial hardships. To assist, PECO is offering expanded payment agreements and financial assistance programs to help customers pay down outstanding balances that may have increased during the pandemic.

Philadelphia Announces Additional $30 Million in Funding for Rental Assistance and Small Business Relief
The Kenney Administration and Philadelphia City Council today announced a new commitment of $30 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to aid renters and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) that the City received from the U.S. Treasury.

Philadelphia Keeps Water Shutoff Protection Measures in Place Through Spring 2021
Due to ongoing economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau will not shut off customers unable to pay water bills until April 1st, 2021.

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.

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

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.

25 Thanksgiving Games and Crafts for Kids and Families

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with the people we love; and even though Thanksgiving 2020 is likely to be celebrated with fewer people in the room than other years, there are still ways to create fun memories with family and friends.

ELRC Region 18 offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, 2020 and Friday, November 27th, 2020. Our offices will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, November 30th, 2020 for drop-off 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.