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Drexel University’s Action for Early Learning: Creating Circles of Support for Children and Families in Philadelphia | Presented by William Penn Foundation

Since 2014, the Action for Early Learning (AFEL) Initiative has worked to provide more equitable access to quality early childhood education in the high-need, high-poverty neighborhood of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. As Drexel University’s early learning improvement initiative, AFEL has created a place-based model that puts the child at the center of an early childhood education eco-system, which now has 35% more children in high quality care since its inception. Learn how AFEL began, evolved and can be replicated to support more children and families, including an exciting opportunity to partner with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. 


  • Kellie Brown, Senior Program Officer, Great Learning, William Penn Foundation
  • Sherilynn Kimble, AFEL Alliance Manager
  • Adena Klem, AFEL Evaluation Manager
  • Maria Walker, AFEL Project Director
  • Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP, Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatrician in Chief of General Pediatrics, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Brigid Garvin, PhD, NCSP, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
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Date & Time: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT