The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced grants totaling nearly $8.6 million to forty-five health and human service agencies in the metro Philadelphia area.
Grants ranging from $120,000 to $285,000 over three years were awarded through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia to nonprofits working to deliver high-quality early education and child care; provide effective prevention and early intervention services aimed at reducing behavioral and academic problems; increase access to mental health services; expand quality afterschool programs; and help parents secure and retain public benefits and services aimed at strengthening household stability.
Grant recipients include Philadelphia Futures, which was awarded $285,000 in continued support of its efforts to mentor and prepare disadvantaged high school students in Philadelphia for college; Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, which will receive $225,000 to offer afterschool and in-summer arts education programs for low-income youth; Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which was awarded $190,000 for the implementation of a program that addresses the challenging behaviors of children attending its early intervention and education programs; Esperanza Health Center, which will receive $185,000 in support of an initiative that integrates behavioral health and primary care services for vulnerable Hispanic children and families in North Philadelphia; and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, which was awarded $275,000 in support of a peer-bullying-prevention program for young people in grades three through five in southwest Philadelphia.
"A staggering 37 percent of children live in poverty in Philadelphia, which is the highest level among the nation's ten largest cities," said Frazierita Klasen, senior director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services. "These young people are at serious risk of lagging behind in language, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Pew is pleased to partner with local agencies that are helping to improve the lives of these vulnerable children and their families."