7:09 AM / Saturday February 24, 2018

1 Apr 2016

Mayor Kenney meets with Pre-K community

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
April 1, 2016 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Mayor jim Kenney and Khadijah Sabir of Lovie Lee’s Stars of Tomorrow in North Philly.

Over the last two months, Mayor Jim Kenney and staff from the Office of Education have engaged with pre-K teachers, parents, center owners and directors from 109 early childhood education providers across Philadelphia.

To date, the pre-K provider community has convened at seven roundtable discussions to hear the Mayor’s vision for increasing up to 10,000 quality, publicly-funded pre-K seats for three- and four-year-olds in need. Participants offered valuable feedback on the Mayor’s proposed plan, and expressed overwhelming support to help make pre-K expansion a reality.

Khadijah Sabir of Lovie Lee’s Stars of Tomorrow, a STAR 4-rated group provider in West Oak Lane, convened close to 60 participants representing community-based centers, group care and family programs.


“I often host pre-K provider meetings so our community can network, discuss best practices, and share resources,” Khadijah said. “So many participants called me the following day to say it was the best meeting so far. This community appreciated the opportunity to hear the City’s plan. We are excited to have a Mayor recognize the importance of quality early childhood education and we’re going to support him any way that we can.” 

“Public input about pre-K is critical,” Kenney said.  “My administration is committed to increasing access to quality pre-K, but we certainly can’t do it alone. We need the knowledge of experienced practitioners who do this work every day in order for this initiative to succeed.”

The next pre-K provider roundtable discussion will be held at Esperanza, 4261 N. 5th Street, on April 13th at 4:00pm. Participants interested in attending can reserve a seat by emailing

To stay informed of pre-K updates or to get involved, sign-up at

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Go With The-Flo

Tamron Hall helps raise funds for the Apollo Theatre Foundation at the annual “Dining With The Divas” luncheon

February 22, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Tamron Hall (Debby Wong/shutterstock)   By Florence Anthony Joking about her mother’s daughter being “unemployed”...

Color Of Money

Q&A with Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

February 22, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  CEO and Chairman of American Express Kenneth Chenault attends LMCC gala & benefit dinner at...

Food And Beverage

Throw a Hot-Pot Dinner Party

February 22, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Caribbean Hot-Pot Broth with Papaya Pica Sauce   Family Features Heat up your next get-together...


The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits

February 22, 2018

BPT Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions...


Newly launched provides much needed personalized support for people impacted by cancer

February 22, 2018

BPT Whether you’ve helped a family member through treatment or are facing a diagnosis yourself, hearing the...


SUNscopes for the week of Feb. 25

February 22, 2018

All Signs: This is the last week of the year when the Sun is in Aquarius. A...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff