Gateway, Brightside Academy Partnering on Early Head Start grant in Philadelphia

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 Gateway Community Action Partnership, in partnership with Brightside Academy, have been selected by the Administration for Children & Families to operate four Early Head Start centers in various neighborhoods within the City of Philadelphia beginning fall 2020, providing a quality early education experience for infants through children three years of age.

  Gateway CAP has been the Head Start/Early Head Start designee in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties since 1987 and added Atlantic, Cape May, Mercer and a portion of Camden to its coverage area in 2011.

  Additionally, Gateway has operated Early Head Start in the Germantown/Lehigh section of Philadelphia since 2012.

  In all, Gateway now operates 43 centers, both as the oversight entity and in collaboration with other community providers and school districts, and provides quality care for more than 1,956 children and families in its seven-county coverage area in New Jersey.

  Since its inception in 1992, Brightside Academy (BSA) has been committed to providing under-served communities with early education and child care services in a safe and supportive environment to promote discovery and growth.

  Brightside Academy employs more than 350 team members throughout its 33 Pennsylvania locations and offices. BSA currently provides care and education to over 3000 children and offers various programs such as CCIS/ELRC Subsidies, Early Head Start, Head Start, Pre-K Counts and PHL Pre-K.

  Centers operated by the Gateway/Brightside partnership are located in the Harrowgate, Upper Kensington, Alleghany West, Oxford Circle, Logan, Franklinville, Frankford, Hunting Park, Hartranft and Strawberry Mansion sections of Philadelphia.

  Both Gateway and Brightside have operated the Head Start program for decades and have done so in an exemplary manner as both are recognized as outstanding grantees.

  “It is always Gateway’s goal to do the best we can do for as many people in our community, wherever that community may be located,” Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, founder, president & CEO of Gateway, said.

  “Our Head Start program has always been a source of pride as it a cornerstone for our children to grow and learn and be healthy. It is natural for us to expand the services that began in our three counties (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) to other counties and areas when there is an opportunity because it enables us to have a positive impact on a larger number of children and families. This partnership with Brightside is such an opportunity.”

  “This EHS grant brings together two servant organizations with over 60 years in combined community initiatives and experience. Our mission is to continue on collaboratively as a beacon of hope for our staff, children and families. I would like to thank GCAP and ACF, for recognizing the importance of high-quality educational services in the early years of a child’s development.” Jack Safer, COO of Brightside Academy, said.

  For additional program information, contact Brightside Academy or Gateway Community Action Partnership at

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