The Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CCD/CPDC) are working in partnership with parents' groups to support the public elementary schools in the neighborhoods in and around the downtown with the goal of retaining more families in the city. Since more than 40% of downtown residents work in Center City, this is not only about neighborhood stability but also about workforce retention.
CCD/CPDC Public Schools' Initiative
The CCD/CPDC has worked to promote school opportunities and choice for Center City parents through a schools website created in 2004. In 2009, the site was transformed into KidsInCenterCity.com (KICC) by adding a broad array of information about family-friendly happenings downtown. In fall 2012, a new features section with parent articles and newsworthy information, plus a feed with uwishunu’s family-friendly content, was added to the home page. The KICC site was redesigned to create new school profile pages with key information of interest to parents for the 11 public elementary schools within the neighborhoods that surround the downtown.
How Businesses Can Get Involved
There are dozens of community and cultural organizations that are helping to supplement programs at various elementary schools in Center City. Learn more about the criteria for Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and download an application at PA DCED.