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CSFP Opens Application Season at the National Constitution Center

Sep 22, 2017

CSFP hosted its annual Application Launch event on Wednesday, September 20, at the National Constitution Center. The event drew a crowd of more than 850 parents, children, and school administrators to celebrate the opening of applications to CSFP’s random scholarship lottery. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined CSFP ED Ina Lipman, Board Chair Pat Burke, and…

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William Penn Foundation Awards CSFP $491,000 Grant

Aug 30, 2017

The William Penn Foundation awarded Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) a grant to support efforts to improve quality for Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Philadelphia through a collaborative initiative involving local parents, ECE centers, and representatives from Southeast Regional Key (SERK), the local chapter of the Keystone STARS quality rating and improvement program. The $491,150…

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CSFP Welcomes New Parent Ambassadors to Program

Aug 8, 2017

CSFP is pleased to announce that we have admitted an additional 20 new Parent Ambassadors (PAs) into our program, who will begin work at their children’s schools this coming fall. CSFP Parent Ambassadors are dedicated parents of children currently receiving CSFP scholarships, who take on additional roles at their schools in order to help CSFP…

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Preventing #SummerSlide for our newest alumni (and oldest students)

Jul 25, 2017

CSFP believes that access to safe, quality K-8th grade education sets children up for future success. Yet we know that school is in session for roughly 180 days a year, and children need additional learning opportunities outside of class time, as well. That is why we offer supplemental programs, like our annual Summer Tutorials, throughout…

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Get to Know Young Friend, Kirk Sundstrom

Jul 24, 2017

YFCSFP member Kirk Sundstrom may have only joined our group in November, but that didn’t limit his ability to give back to Philadelphia children. Since the fall, Kirk he has volunteered at every opportunity YFCSF has presented. Kirk has spoken to children in our program about what it’s like to work in sales and the…

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2,000 New Scholarship Recipients Receive Their Awards

Jun 14, 2017

More than 1,600 parents, children and supporters gathered to celebrate success at the Kimmel Center Tuesday, June 13th. CSFP’s Annual Student Award Ceremony recognized the accomplishments of current and former students of our K-8th grade scholarship program, and officially welcomed our newest 2,000 scholarship students. Among CSFP Board Members and special award winners onstage, ten…

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Lottery Day Brings Good News to Hundreds of Families

Mar 21, 2017

  “My kids are learning a lot at their school. They love their school. They don’t know what they would do without their school, and without their scholarship, I don’t know where they would be at this point.” –CSFP parent Jacquie Robinson, on the impact a CSFP scholarship has made on her family. Last night,…

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Dinosaurs, Frogs, Butterflies, and More Attract CSFP Families to the Academy of Natural Sciences

Mar 15, 2017

On March 11 and 12, over 500 CSFP families visited the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as part of CSFP’s annual Weekend at the Academy event. For 12 years, CSFP has opened the doors to the Academy for the families of children in our program by providing greatly-reduced admission rates for one weekend…

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Young Friends of CSFP Gives Back Through Career Day

Feb 13, 2017

“Does anyone know what this is?” PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officer Sergeant Wayne Smith asked a classroom full of fifth-graders, holding up what looked to be a giant pair of welding gloves. “Cat gloves,” he answered, among squeals from his young audience. In a classroom down the hall, Stephanie Mertz of local sandwich shop Rybrew…

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Superskate Sunday Brings CSFP Families to Dilworth Park

Feb 10, 2017

CSFP children eager to skate and parents eager to get some quality family time with their children joined us on February 5 for our second annual Superskate Sunday event. Over 200 families came out to ice skate and spend time together. As CSFP staff taught skating lessons to children who had never been on the…

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