Pew Announces $8.46 Million to Support the Philadelphia Region's Poor Children and Their Families

Contact: Cindy Jobbins, cjobbins@pewtrusts.org, 215.575.8412


Philadelphia, PA - 05/06/2013 - The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $8.46 million over the next three years to 46 Philadelphia-area organizations serving some of the region's most disadvantaged children and their families. The grant recipients aim to improve the lives of poor children by offering supports aimed at instilling social and learning skills; assisting young people to overcome obstacles to academic success; reducing the harm that results from difficult childhood experiences such as abuse and exposure to violence; and intervening early to reduce the prospect that problems in childhood will become irreversible challenges later in life.

"Many children growing up in Philadelphia face significant challenges," said Frazierita D. Klasen, director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services."The statistics are sobering.   Approximately 40 percent of Philadelphia's children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, and their circumstances place a substantial number of young people at risk of doing poorly in school and developing social, emotional and mental health problems that, absent intervention, are likely to compromise their futures. We are pleased to support so many impressive organizations that will provide services to positively affect the lives of more than 20,000 children and families annually."

Among the funded programs are:

  • Two organizations that aim to improve the quality of child care delivered by home-based providers. These include the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, for its Child Care Mentoring Accreditation Project; and Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, for its Family Child Care Network.
  • Thirteen organizations focused on addressing the needs of children and youth at risk of social, emotional and behavioral problems and providing caregivers—both parents and professionals such as teachers and child care staff—the training and tools they need to intervene early with children displaying signs of difficulty. These include Widener University, for support of the Chester Prevention, Assessment and Treatment program for at-risk children living in Chester; and Drexel University, for the Grow Clinic, which provides behavioral health services to children in the Philadelphia region who suffer from malnutrition.
  • Ten organizations that are helping families and caregivers understand and obtain behavioral health services for their children. These include Joseph J. Peters Institute, for expanding services in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties to children and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse; and Network of Victim Assistance, providing trauma-focused treatment for abused children in Bucks County.
  • Eighteen organizations offering high-quality out-of-school programs that promote academic achievement, successful engagement in school, and the acquisition of skills that help children and youth transition to postsecondary education or the workplace. Included in this group are Chester County Futures, for academic enrichment and mentoring services for low-income middle and high school students in the county; and the Attic Youth Center, which focuses on strengthening the academic, social and vocational skills of gay and lesbian adolescents in Philadelphia.
  • Three organizations helping families meet their basic needs by assisting them to obtain such public benefits as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) and Medicaid health coverage. Among these grantees is Community Legal Services which helps poor families in Philadelphia.
The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, part of The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Program, provides funding for three groups of at-risk populations: vulnerable adults; the isolated and frail elderly; and disadvantaged children, youth and their families. Since its inception in 1991, the Pew Fund has supported the important work of health and human service nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and neighboring Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

The full listing of 2013 grantees is below. (All organizations are located in Philadelphia, unless otherwise noted.)

Increasing the number of children participating in early child care and education programs that meet the state's standards for good or high quality or that achieve accreditation:

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children – $196,000
For continued support of the Child Care Mentoring and Accreditation Project to improve the quality of home-based child care.

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA – $265,000
For continued support of the Family Child Care Network to improve the quality of home-based child-care providers.

Increasing the availability of high-quality prevention and early intervention efforts:

AARP Experience Corps – $165,000
For support of Experience Corps–Philadelphia to expand its tutoring for children from kindergarten to grade three in Philadelphia and Chester county.

Carson Valley Children's Aid – $181,000
For support of the Parents As Teachers program and other services to help prepare young children living in Norristown for school.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia – $268,000
For support of PRAISE, a peer bullying-prevention program, for students in Philadelphia's Point Breeze community.

Children's Village – $126,000
For continued support to provide developmental assessments, referrals and follow-up for young children.

Drexel University – $114,000 (2 years)
For continued support of the Prevention Project to reduce behavioral and emotional problems in young children in North and West Philadelphia.

Drexel University – $225,000
For continued support of the Grow Clinic to provide behavioral health services to children who suffer from malnutrition.

Family and Community Service of Delaware County – $186,000
For continued support of the Strengthening Families 10–14 program for youth at risk of problem behaviors.

KenCrest Centers – $216,000
For continued support to reduce problem behaviors among preschool children served by its six Philadelphia early childhood programs.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium – $195,000
For continued support of school readiness and other support services for young children in southern Chester County.

Playworks – $150,000
For support of Playworks Philadelphia, offering physical activity and play in elementary schools in low-income areas of the Philadelphia region.

Public Health Management Corporation – $187,000
For continued support to assess homeless children at risk of developmental delay and link them to needed services.

Turning Points for Children – $180,000
For support of Middle School Families and Schools Together (FAST) providing services for at-risk students in Philadelphia.

Widener University – $175,000
For continued support of the Chester Prevention, Assessment and Treatment program, serving at-risk children living in Chester.

Expanding innovative and effective approaches that help families and other caregivers understand the need for and obtain behavioral-health services for their children:

Drexel University – $180,000
For continued support of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Program of Eleventh Street Family Health Services.

Family Services of Montgomery County – $180,000
For support of the Montgomery County Truancy Abatement Initiative.

Intercultural Family Services – $180,000
To provide behavioral health services to children and families exhibiting negative behaviors, specifically drug and alcohol abuse.

Joseph J. Peters Institute – $212,000
For support to expand services to children and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse.

Juvenile Law Center – $180,000
For continued support to improve access to behavioral-health services for children and adolescents involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Lutheran Children and Family Service – $140,000
For continued support to improve the utilization of behavioral-health services by refugee and immigrant children and their families.

Lutheran Settlement House – $180,000
To provide therapeutic services to children and mothers who are living in Lutheran Settlement's homeless shelter and transitional housing.

Network of Victim Assistance – $210,000
For support of trauma-focused treatment for abused children in Bucks County.

Philadelphia Children's Alliance – $230,000
For continued support to help child victims of sexual abuse obtain needed behavioral health services.

Support Center for Child Advocates – $225,000
For continued support of its Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project, to increase access to needed services for abused and neglected children.

Expanding high-quality out-of-school-time programs:

Attic Youth Center – $150,000
For support of its Life Skills Center that offers academic enrichment and workforce development skills to vulnerable gay and lesbian youth in Philadelphia.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County – $150,000
For support of the Lower Bucks Mentoring Initiative serving at-risk young people in Bristol, Bensalem and Morrisville.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania – $215,000
For support of the College Bigs program that matches college student mentors with elementary school children in the Philadelphia region.

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia – $135,000
To provide a rigorous academic enrichment program for disadvantaged students in Philadelphia.

Chester County Futures – $160,000
For continued support of academic enrichment and mentoring services for low-income students in Chester County.

Chester Education Foundation – $160,000
For continued support to provide after-school tutoring, life skills and career-exploration opportunities to Chester Upland School District students.

Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation – $200,000
For support of the After School Excellence Program in Philadelphia.

ESF Dream Camp Foundation – $120,000
For continued support of year-round educational and recreational activities for low-income children in Philadelphia and the city of Chester.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania – $200,000
For continued support of the Girl Scouting Beyond Bars program for daughters of incarcerated mothers in Philadelphia.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project – $105,000
For operating support to provide an array of programs for at-risk youth in North Philadelphia.

People's Emergency Center – $150,000
For continued support of its Youth Education Program for young people in West Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Futures – $270,000
For continued support of the Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) program for disadvantaged high school students in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates – $225,000
For continued support of arts education programs offered after school and in the summer for low-income youth in Philadelphia.

Project Forward Leap Foundation – $210,000
For continued support to provide educational enrichment and support to low-income middle school and high school students in Chester and Philadelphia.

Project HOME – $186,000
For continued support of year-round academic enrichment programs for young people from kindergarten through high school in North Philadelphia.

SquashSmarts – $105,000
For continued support of year round academic enrichment and physical fitness activities to middle and high school students in Philadelphia.

Temple University – $187,000
For continued support of leadership development and career exploration activities for disadvantaged youth in Philadelphia.

Women Against Abuse – $194,000
For continued support to provide after-school programs at a domestic violence emergency shelter in Philadelphia.

Increasing the number of families who are able to meet their basic needs by assisting them to obtain and retain available public benefits:

Community Legal Services – $200,000
For continued support to provide legal services to families in Philadelphia to help them secure key public benefits.

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger – $125,000
To improve the access of low income families in Philadelphia to food and nutrition assistance.

Public Citizens for Children and Youth – $270,000
For continued support of the Child Health Watch Helpline to assist families in the region to secure health insurance and behavioral health services.

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