City creates Access Centers to help K-6 students' digital learning

Access Centers will 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.

The staff at these centers:

  •     Supervise students during digital learning time.
  •     Provide meals.
  •     Run activities.

Access Centers are:

  •     Designed to serve our most vulnerable children.
  •     Available by registration only. Access Centers are not drop-in sites.
  •     Free of charge.
  •     Open to Philadelphia students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  •     Located throughout the city.

The City is partnering with community-based organizations to offer these services during COVID-19.

Caregivers of Philadelphia students can register for an Access Center if:

  •     The children are entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  •     Caregivers are working outside the home and cannot provide supervision, or are not able to afford childcare and need childcare for five days.

Access Centers provide childcare support for families without other options. Don't qualify for this program? You may be eligible for PHLConnectEd.

Access Centers are not drop-in centers. You must register your child to attend this program. Students are not registered until confirmed by an Access Center. If you are eligible, an Access Center team member will reach out to help you with the next step of registration. If you are not eligible, you will receive a response letting you know.

The parent/guardian of the child you wish to register should complete this form to express interest in Access Centers.

The first set of Access Centers opens on Tuesday, September 8.

Sites are open to registered students Monday through Friday (except school holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Access Centers are located in recreation centers, libraries, Philadelphia Housing Authority sites, and community-based organizations. You can use the Access Center finder to search for one near you.

Access Centers follow the health and safety guidelines under the Department of Public Health’s school-reopening plan (PDF). We limit site registration to align with health and safety guidelines. Most sites serve around 22 students.

More questions? Email here or call (215) 709-5366