Houston Elementary Classroom Computers

After our successful pilot program at Emlen Elementary, we were given the go-ahead by the Philadelphia school district to work with schools directly. Through the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, we learned of the technology needs at Henry H. Houston Elementary and decided to see if PCF would be able to offer assistance. After our initial meeting with Principal Hall and computer teacher and TTL Ms Greenberg, we realized Houston was the perfect project for PCF. The need was [...]

Woodforest National Bank Volunteer Day

PCF Board member Leona Laibhen-Cesar (standing) along with fellow Woodforest National Bank employees came in to volunteer for the better part of the day. They worked their way through a TON of books that eventually made their way to Emlen Elementary's new library. Each book was looked up on the web and then color coded according to the 100 Book Reading Challenge. This color coding method is much more practical since kids can just look for the color that matches [...]

May 7th, 2015|Categories: Library Support, Volunteering|Tags: |

Comcast Cares Day

Comcast Cares Day 2015 was the first volunteer event at the warehouse on Ridge Avenue (after we moved there from Chestnut Hill offices). Comcast has provided great support to PCF over the years and this day certainly was no different. About 20-some-odd volunteers split into several groups to sort/code books, clean computers, install hard drives and memory, installing Linux, and untangling and sorting boxes (and boxes!) of wires, mice, keyboards and so on. A special thanks to Michele Monte, [...]

April 25th, 2015|Categories: Sponsors, Volunteering|

PCF in The Notebook: Out with the old? Not so fast

PCF was featured in an article in The Notebook, Philadelphia public schools' independent voice for parents, educators, students, and friends of Philadelphia Public Schools. In the article, PCF Director and Principal Thomas from Emlen were interviewed about the beginnings of what became PCF's Classroom Computers Program. Out with the old? Not so fast District schools like Emlen and Robeson are taking donated technology and making it work in classrooms By Paul Jablow on Mar 24, 2015 Jan Deruiter [...]

March 24th, 2015|Categories: Classroom Computers, PCF News|Tags: |

Classroom Computers Program Pilot at Emlen

PCF placed roughly 60 computers into various classroom at Emlen at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. Due to the success of our pilot program there, PCF received official permission from the Philadelphia Public School District's IT department to roll out our Classroom Computers program to other schools. After our successful pilot program, we are now officially allowed to work with other schools directly! We learned a lot from working with Emlen: the value these computers represent to [...]

September 4th, 2014|Categories: Classroom Computers|Tags: |

Turn & Burn Regatta

The Annual Turn & Burn Regatta is held each fall, usually the first or second Sunday in November on the Schuylkill River/Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, PA. Join us and help make sure every Philadelphia child has access to a computer. Organized by The Philadelphia Children’s Foundation, the Turn & Burn Regatta is comprised of a “Turn” (a 1,500 meter stake boat turning race), and immediately after… a “Burn (a 500 meter sprint), featuring masters, college, and high school/junior events. PCF Founder [...]

August 17th, 2014|Categories: PCF News|

PCF Partner Spotlight: Health Partners Plans

Health Partners Plans is a long-standing, not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 180,000 area members through its Medicaid and Medicare coverage and also many children through its KidzPartners/CHIP program. In fact, about half of their members are children. HPP CIO Hal Augustine configures software for newly rehabbed computers on their way to Philadelphia children. The Plan is owned by major Philadelphia area hospitals including Aria, Einstein, Hahnemann, Temple and St. Christopher's Hospital [...]

July 25th, 2014|Categories: PCF News, Sponsors|

Study Shows Third Grade Reading Level Predicts High School Graduation

We all know that a student’s experience early on in school can have major implications for their future academic career. Numerous longitudinal studies have demonstrated how warning signs for future academic issues manifest themselves earlier and earlier in a child’s schooling. Simply put, without a dramatic reversal of the status quo, we are cementing educational failure and poverty into the next generation. A 2013 study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation added another significant finding [...]

July 15th, 2014|Categories: In the News|

Meet the 2014 PCF Intern Team

PCF's six awesome interns help build a better future for Philadelphia's children. Aliya and Denise prepare computer equipment for 2nd grade students at Hartranft Elementary School. This summer, the Philadelphia Children's Foundation has a team of seven brilliant interns who are working hard to fulfill the mission of PCF: to help children of all ages find their passion, develop needed skills, and make positive career and life decisions to achieve a successful future. [...]

July 2nd, 2014|Categories: PCF News|

PCF Board Member Michael O’Bryan Awarded Prestigious Grant For Community Initiative

PCF's own Michael O'Bryan was named a 2014 BMe Leader for his work with Built4Us, a youth-based media non-profit publishing company that views creativity and interactive media as vital tools for psychological well-being. Michael is a passionate scholar who combines music, science, and psychology into programs aimed at helping youths process community trauma. As part of the award, Michael will receive a $10,000 grant to be used to jumpstart his unique program in Philadelphia.  Michael has [...]

June 25th, 2014|Categories: PCF News|

60 Elementary Students Take Home Family’s First Computer

PHILADELPHIA, PA  -  On March 13, 2014, Philadelphia Children's Foundation distributed computers to the fifth grade students of Hartranft Elementary School. The entire fifth grade class, totaling 59 children received a computer. Students and their families, joined by Hartranft faculty and several members of the Philadelphia Children's Foundation board, gathered in the Hartranft auditorium to collect 60 newly refurbished computers. Principal Kelli Rosado addressed the students and their families and outlined the advantages of having a computer at home [...]

March 13th, 2014|Categories: Take Home Computers|