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CSFP Reads – Family Book Club Initiative – Holds First Meeting

Jan 30, 2017

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia knows that a love for reading begins at home and depends on parent encouragement and involvement. We created CSFP Reads, a family book club geared toward 3rd-5th grade students and their families, to foster a sense of joy and excitement around reading. On January 28, 2017, nearly thirty book club participants…

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CSFP Welcomes New Families at New Parent Forum and Registration Clinic

Jan 17, 2017

St. Malachy School buzzed with excitement and activity on Saturday, January 14 as hundreds of new scholarship recipient families gathered to meet CSFP staff and learn more about our scholarship program. CSFP conducted orientation sessions on program requirements for families, and provided one-on-one assistance with the online registration process. The presentations provided parents with important…

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Parent Ambassadors Meet for Midyear Review

Jan 13, 2017

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP)’s Parent Ambassador (PA) program was initiated this summer. We are pleased to report that this pilot program is going strong. CSFP and current PAs gathered recently to discuss program activities and developments, and to strategize ways to improve the program for the remainder of school year. Currently, 12 parents with…

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Charity Navigator Gives CSFP 100 Score, Names CSFP Top Ten Privately-Funded Charity

Dec 21, 2016

This December, Charity Navigator, a renowned, independent charity evaluator, gave CSFP a perfect score on all of its metric rankings. CSFP was one of only three education-focused nonprofits in the entire nation to receive this honor. CSFP also made Charity Navigator’s top 10 list for Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions. Highlighted for our…

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Lottery Day Spreads Holiday Cheer

Dec 9, 2016

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP)’s staff, donors, volunteers, and current scholarship families gathered at FS Investments last night for CSFP’s holiday Lottery Day celebration. Callers laughed, cried, and shared in the joy as hundreds of families were called to let them know that they just won from CSFP’s K-8th grade random scholarship lottery. For these…

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CSFP Families Kicked Off Holiday Season at the Adventure Aquarium

Nov 28, 2016

With the help of volunteers, dedicated Parent Ambassadors and our partnership with Art-Reach, CSFP provided low-cost admission to the Adventure Aquarium for scholarship recipient families on Saturday, November 26. CSFP families arrived at the Aquarium just after Thanksgiving for a fun-filled day of family bonding, adventure and hands-on learning. Children beamed as they ventured into…

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CSFP Closes Priority Deadline Application Season

Nov 22, 2016

A main component of our early access initiative, CSFP implemented a Priority Deadline for new scholarship applications. We developed this new timeline to encourage new families to start considering school options for the next year, much earlier and at a time when schools hold open houses. Early results are positive: so far, CSFP has received…

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School Visits Focus on Keeping Students Where They Succeed

Nov 16, 2016

CSFP is invested in helping children attend and succeed in great schools. We have scaled our staff to match the growing demands of a student population of more than 5,300 children from low-income families, each with their own particular needs and learning style. Over a year ago, we hired our first-ever Educational Consultant and Field…

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CSFP Attends Great Philly Schools Kindergarten Fairs this Fall

Nov 1, 2016

CSFP believes that a great education, early on, matters in a child’s success. Children can enter our four-year scholarship program as early as kindergarten, which gives them time to build a solid foundation at a quality school. It is application season, and each year we strive to let many Philadelphia families know that their children…

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On Speaking with New Scholarship Families

Oct 28, 2016

One of the true delights of working or volunteering for CSFP is informing Philadelphia parents/guardians that their children were selected from our random scholarship lottery. The sheer joy parents express upon learning that they can give their children quality elementary education is contagious. This year, CSFP held a special “Opening Day” lottery in September, when…

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