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Board member highlight: Betsy Porth

Apr 15, 2019

Long-term organizational friend and supporter Betsy Porth has been a fixture on CSFP’s Board for a number of years. She states that CSFP holds a special place in her heart, and this is reflected in her dedication to our mission. We recently spoke with Betsy about what inspires her work on behalf of Philadelphia children…

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Fourteenth Annual Visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences Brings CSFP Community Together

Mar 22, 2019

On March 16, CSFP families flocked to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University to see exhibits on dinosaurs, butterflies, natural history, and even Mythic Creatures, as part of our annual visit. Families and volunteers spent the day exploring, questioning, and learning new things together. The importance of immersive learning experiences like those offered…

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Staff Highlight: Meet CSFP’s SVP of Scholarship and Program Operations, Julie Raiken!

Feb 22, 2019

CSFP’s dedicated staff strives to make quality education financially accessible to children in Philadelphia. Meet one of the people behind the scholarships: SVP of Scholarship and Program Operations, Julie Raiken. Julie has been with CSFP since 2004 and has helped thousands of children access schools that they love. We sat down with Julie to hear…

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CSFP’s Second Annual PreK Forum Brings Panel of Local Experts Together

Feb 19, 2019

CSFP’s PreK initiative focuses on sharing information about quality early childhood education with Philadelphia parents and our partner schools. As part of our PreK initiative, CSFP provides opportunities for our partner schools to learn from area experts in early childhood education. We hosted our second PreK Forum this February.  CSFP assembled a panel of experts…

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Board Member Highlight: Pat Burke

Jan 22, 2019

CSFP is fortunate to partner with a large community who believe in our mission and the power of education to transform lives. One of those people is our Board Chair, Pat Burke. Pat joined the CSFP Board several years ago. Growing up in a large family that struggled financially, Pat chose education as his path…

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The Philadelphia Foundation Awards Leadership Development Grant to CSFP

Dec 21, 2018

We are delighted to announce that The Malinda R. Farrow Fund of the The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) awarded a generous $20,000 leadership development grant to Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) in November 2018! This competitive grant was awarded in recognition of CSFP’s ongoing efforts to assess and enhance the diverse skills and backgrounds that are best suited to serve CSFP’s mission….

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The Call of a Lifetime for Philadelphia Families

Dec 19, 2018

On December 13, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) staff, donors, parents, and volunteers gathered to personally call the families of the children recently selected through our priority lottery for K-8th grade scholarships. Our friends at NRG hosted this year’s Lottery Day celebration at Lincoln Financial Field. Football legends Jason Avant and Harold Carmichael joined in…

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Philly K-8 School Fair Focuses on Access to Different Schools

Oct 31, 2018

This past Saturday, CSFP and our partners at GreatPhillySchools (GPS) teamed up to host the Philly K-8 School Fair. We brought together 1,300 children and family members, 93 diverse schools, and community partners for a day of sharing information at Girard College.   We developed the Philly K-8 School Fair back in 2016 to increase…

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Partner School Meeting Brings CSFP School Community Together

Oct 22, 2018

Each year, CSFP brings administrators from our network of 170 partner schools together for a Partner School Meeting to network, share best practices, and review CSFP partner school guidelines. This year’s meeting also featured guest speakers on topics relevant to K-8th grade education: Great Philly Schools (GPS) representatives spoke about their rating system, and representatives…

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CSFP and PHMC Provide Keystone STARS Training for Parent Ambassadors

Oct 22, 2018

CSFP’s Parent Ambassador (PA) program focuses on building community. As PAs work with school administrators, CSFP families at their schools, and their own personal networks to increase awareness and understanding of our program, they build valuable connections across the Greater Philadelphia community. And a substantial portion of that community is parents with pre-K aged children….

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