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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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Scholarship Surprises For Philadelphia Families

Dec 8, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “Your family has been selected for a scholarship and we wanted to call and congratulate you,” said a voice on one end of the phone line.

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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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Local Schools Represented at Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Citywide School Fair at Girard College

Oct 27, 2016

CSFP’s Citywide K-8th grade school fair brought families together with representatives from district, charter, private, and parochial schools together on October 22. The event provided an opportunity for families to learn about schools and meet with representatives to discuss their children’s futures. Read more on Spirit News.

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CSFP Citywide K-8th Grade School Fair

Oct 26, 2016

On a cold and rainy October 22, nearly 1,000 children and parents came out to Girard College to participate in CSFP’s Citywide K-8th Grade School Fair. The free, open-to-the-public event was the first of its kind for CSFP (and the first any organization has held in the city), where over 70 diverse schools—district, charter, private,…

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CSFP and School Representatives Gather for Annual Principals Meeting

Oct 7, 2016

“The first thing [prospective parents] ask about are scholarships. It’s important not just to bring new students in, but also to retain students whose families may be having a hard time. They can stay because of Children’s Scholarship Fund.” Leigh Kelly, Holmesburg Christian Academy On Wednesday, October 5, CSFP and representatives from our partner schools gathered to…

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