Community Concern #13 Multi- Purpose Learning Center is a long-time member of the North Philadelphia community which it serves. The corporation was started by three community activists in 1969. The agency was one of only twelve day-care centers that had a direct contract with the state's Department of Public Welfare (DPW) from the early 1970's to the inception of the CCIS structure in 1989. Other direct-funded agencies included Federation Day Care Services, Associated Day Care, the Philadelphia Parent Child Center, Crime Prevention Association, Diversified Community Services, and Episcopal Community Services. Only those centers deemed to provide the highest quality services received direct contracts from DPW.
The center continues to offer high quality educational services as indicated by its Keystone STARS 3 rating and continued contract with the School District of Philadelphia for Pre-K Counts services. In addition, the center remains committed to providing a full range of child care services: from infant care through care for school-age children. The agency offers hours and days of service that are compatible with working parents.
In 2006, CC#13 diversified its CCIS funding base by becoming a Pre-K Counts partner with the School District of Philadelphia. This contract is still operational today.
Parent engagement activities have always been a strong suit for CC#13, with services such as monthly parent meetings, assistance with pre-k to kindergarten transition, nutrition education, and referral to social services programs. Parents and students participate in outings to such places as Linvilla Orchards, Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, and regular visits to Smith Playground. The cost of these field trips for the students and their families is borne by the center. The purpose of these field trips is not only to contribute to children's developmental learning, but to expose families to the cultural richness of Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Summer students