Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

At APM’s Early Childhood Education Centers we believe that early developmental opportunities can provide the foundation for a child’s future academic success, health and well-being. Early childhood is a time of play and exploration, and most importantly, a time for children to learn. Studies have shown that preschool-aged children experience profound biological brain development and achieve 90% of their brain volume by age 6.  This physiological growth allows children to develop functional skills related to information processing, comprehension, language, emotional regulation, and motor skills.  With this in mind, APM’s Early Childhood Education Centers provides high quality educational learning experiences and programs to ensure that children obtain the appropriate educational and developmental resources that will lead to their successful transition into kindergarten and beyond.

The APM Early Childhood Education Department’s mission is to provide programs that promote the cultural, cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of young children.  Each child has the opportunity to experience programs that feature age-appropriate developmental learning and enrichment activities, ensuring that children reach their fullest potential while in our care. We place a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement, thereby building children’s self-esteem in a safe and caring environment.  This is in keeping with APM’s overarching Vision: “A community where all families are self-reliant; where children are protected and nurtured to become future leaders, and where residents are engaged in their community.”



APM’s Early Childhood Education Centers currently operate at four locations in Eastern North Philadelphia:

APM Marshall – 2318 N. Marshall Street, 19122 – (215) 839-3313

  • Before/After Care
  • Head Start Program
  • PHL Pre-K Program
  • Pre-K Program

APM Rising Stars – 4221 N. 2nd Street, 19140 – (267) 296-7387

  • Before/After Care
  • Head Start Program
  • Pre-K Program

APM Rivera – 2603 N 5th Street, 19133 – (267) 773-6098

  • Head Start Program

APM Trinidad – 1038 W Sedgley Avenue, 19133 – (215) 995-2099

  • Head Start Program


At our four (4) Early Childhood Education centers, our staff of highly qualified teachers provide dual-language immersion and high-quality curriculum that instills confidence, curiosity and a love of learning in the early years. Discover what high quality Headstart, Pre-K and PHL Pre-K programs can do for your child as they prepare for Kindergarten.

APM also provide Adult parenting classes and a job training and certification course for those interested in working in Early Childhood Education.

  • APM’s Head Start is a federally funded program that provides education, health and social services to families with children aged 3, 4, and 5.  The program helps children develop academic and social skills that prepare them for school and life.  While enrolled in the program children receive nutrition, health and supports that help them grow mentally, physically, and socially.  Families at 100% of the federal poverty level are eligible to apply and the preschool program is free.
  • Pre-K Counts, established and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is a half-day or full-day pre-kindergarten program for income eligible families.
  • PHL Pre-K Countsis a locally funded quality pre-K program for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Before/After CareProvides additional hours of educational care to students whose parents are not able to drop off or pick up their children during regular hours. These services are only available to current students of the APM locations. Subsidies are available through ChildCare Works for income eligible families.

Adult Programs

  •  “Raising Safe Kids” Caregiver Training Program – To help parents and other caregivers understand their child’s developmental stage, visualize their goals for her or him, and help the child achieve those goals. Open to parents and caregivers of children enrolled in our centers.
  • Child Development Associate Training Program – A four course, twelve college credit hour program that prepares interested parents and caregivers for the CDA exam so they can work in Early Childhood Education. Both course and exam are free for the participant. Graduates of the program who work in Early Childhood may qualify for a 90% tuition college scholarship;



Enroll Your Child in an APM Early Childhood Education Center

If your child turns 5 years old before September 1, 2020 they cannot be enrolled.

Click the link below to submit an inquiry form today, and we’ll contact you to discuss your options.

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