(215) 329-2300
1434 Belfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Our History

Since 1981

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1979

Deborah Porter shared a vision she had of opening a daycare center in North Philadelphia. She knew with prayer and sacrifice and the loving support of her family she could make this vision come true. The Porter family rallied their support and Porter’s Day Care and Educational Center (PDCEC) was founded. The mission of Porter’s is to provide quality daycare to infants, toddlers and preschool children of low-income working families. The daycare center was located at Gethsemane United Methodist church at Broad and Westmorland street. This place held a special place in her heart because this is where the Porter family singers had their annual Psalm Sunday Choir Festival. Enrollment: 6

1980

The daycare center was licensed by the Pennsylvania Depart of public wealth. It was important for the daycare center to be a non-profit organization, as Deborah’s late father Sultan Porter Sr. emphasized the importance of giving back to the community we humbly serve. PDCEC received ITS 501 (C )(3) license.

1981

Deborah’s vision was growing, and she needed assistance. Her mother (Evelyn Porter) and brother (Sultan Porter Jr.) came on board full time. Families in North Philadelphia saw her Christian-based values and wanted their children to be a part of this. Deborah asked her brother Sultan Porter Jr. to find a bigger spot. With the help of his wife Brenda Porter they began looking for a larger space.

1982

The daycare center moved to Messiah Lutheran Church at Broad and Blavis street.

With this move Deborah knew she would need the rest of her family support thus her sister (Darlene Davis) and her brother (Tyrone Porter) came on board full time. Her uncle Edward Porter was always in the background helping.

Families were seeking an alternative to public education in Philadelphia. PDCEC undertook a major expansion with the opening of the Broad Street Academy (BSA), a private school emphasizing a “BACK TO BASIC” accelerated academic program. BSA enhances values and socialization skills, while maintaining an atmosphere that stimulates each child to reach his/her potential.

1984

Introduced Parent Scholar Job Readiness Program to community.

1985

The Latchkey program was implemented to provide school-aged children with a safe haven after-school program.

1986

The Summer Camp Program began. This program provides educational, recreational, health awareness, and cultural activities.

1988

Expanded to two locations. Broad Street Academy moved to Camac Street Methodist Church. The day care moved to 5415 N. Camac Street.

1989

Community Outreach introduced: Evelyn Porter & Porter’s Day Care Prayer Time with radio station WNAP Gospel Highway 11.

1990

Broad Street Academy moved to Manor Bible Institute.

1991

Expanded community outreach to include LaSalle University Nursing Program.

1993

Porter’s moved to its current location at 1434 Belfield Avenue. DPW license was expanded to accommodate 120 children.

2001

Services were expanded to include children ages 8 to 16. Porter’s Youth Development Program (PYDP) is a creative and performing arts afterschool program.

2002

1st Annual Palm Sunday Concert for the Evelyn Porter Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are granted to youth entering into higher education fields of performing arts, communication, and early childhood education. The scholarship was named in honor of the founding matriarch and mother – Evelyn Porter. The program was accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).

2003

Received Keystone 4 Stars from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

2004

Partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and was granted the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP).

2005

Expanded building and added two classrooms and a Family Service Center. The new annex was named in honor of the founding patriarch and father – Sultan Porter, Sr. Family Service Center provides parents with housing resources and referrals via HUD and OHCD, energy assistance workshops, finance and budget, and more.

2006

The 25 year quest for improving the quality of early education has been further enhanced with the opening of the “Journey Through Literacy” Library, housed within the 25 room campus with full-sized playground. PDCEC is licensed for 184 children. Community outreach was expanded through the addition of dental services for children from St. Christopher’s Hospital through the Ronald McDonald Dental Mobile.

2007

  • PreK Counts Program was added through the partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.
  • The playground was upgraded and new age appropriate playground equipment was added.
  • Re-accredited by NAEYC for another five years.
  • Professional Development plan was introduced to enable staff to obtain a CDA, AA, BS, and ECE Certification.
  • Staff to obtain membership from professional associations.
  • Staff and parents became involved with Child Advocacy projects for Pre-K Counts, Head Start, and early childhood and youth development. Projects included attending rallies and conferences, support letters, and telephone campaigns to elected officials.
  • The first Porter’s Strategic Planning Retreat was held in Devon, PA. Parents, staff, administrators, board members, and community representatives attended this weekend event to discuss and strategize on ways to promote, improve, and enhance Porter’s.

2008

Purchase of 10,000 sq ft adjacent building.

2009

  • Expansion of Sultan Porter, Jr. Annex to service an additional 95 Pre-School Children. New Total: 69 Pre-K Counts & 58 HSSAP
  • Received funding to support children, parents and teaching staff school wide in the area of Positive Behavior
  • Received funding from PA OCDEL to pilot an Early Head Start Home Visit Program to serve 11 families

2010

Funding was received for a new facade for our building.

2011

  • 30 Years of Service in Early Childhood Education celebrated at Philadelphia City Hall
  • Received approval from the School District of Philadelphia an additional 18 Head Start Supplementation Assistance Program slots – New Total: 76 HSSAP students
  • Reconstruction of the Infant/Toddler Outdoor Educational Area

2012

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the expansion of the Sultan Porter, Jr. Annex to include: Teacher’s Lounge, Teacher’s Prep, Conference Room, and Family Service Department.
  • Re-accreditation received from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Re-accreditation as a 4 Star designated site received from PA Keystone Stars

2013

  • Completion of Sultan Porter Jr. Annex expansion project.
  • Received approval from the School District of Philadelphia an additional 34 Head Start Supplementation Assistance Program slots – New Total: 110 HSSAP students
  • Expanded and remodeled two classrooms to accommodate up to 20 children per room.
  • Total Number of Students Servicing for 2013-2014 year:
    • Infant/Toddler programs – 48
    • Broad Street Academy – 40
    • PYDP – PHMC Out-of-School Program – 33
    • Pre-K programs:
      Pre-K Counts 69
    • Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program – 110

2014

  • Received approval from the School District of Philadelphia an additional 17 Head Start Supplementation Assistance Program slots – New Total: 127 HSSAP students
  • Expanded and remodeled one classrooms to accommodate up to 17 children
  • Total Number of Students Servicing for 2014-2015 year:
    • Infant/Toddler programs – 48
    • PYDP – PHMC Out-of-School Program – 25
    • Pre-K programs:
      Pre-K Counts 69
    • Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program – 127

2016

  • 35 Years of Service in Early Childhood Education as a DPW, 4 Star NAEYC Accredited facility.
  • 20th Annual Family and Friends Festival.

2019

November 17, Deborah was called from her earthly labor to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive her heavenly reward. Her legacy will live through the lives she touched, not only at the daycare but throughout Philadelphia and vicinity.

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Porter's Day Care Center
1434 Belfield Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19140
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Phone: (215) 329-2300
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