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
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.
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.
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.
Introduced Parent Scholar Job Readiness Program to community.
The Latchkey program was implemented to provide school-aged children with a safe haven after-school program.
The Summer Camp Program began. This program provides educational, recreational, health awareness, and cultural activities.
Expanded to two locations. Broad Street Academy moved to Camac Street Methodist Church. The day care moved to 5415 N. Camac Street.
Community Outreach introduced: Evelyn Porter & Porter’s Day Care Prayer Time with radio station WNAP Gospel Highway 11.
Broad Street Academy moved to Manor Bible Institute.
Expanded community outreach to include LaSalle University Nursing Program.
Porter’s moved to its current location at 1434 Belfield Avenue. DPW license was expanded to accommodate 120 children.
Services were expanded to include children ages 8 to 16. Porter’s Youth Development Program (PYDP) is a creative and performing arts afterschool program.
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).
Received Keystone 4 Stars from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and was granted the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP).
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.
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.
Purchase of 10,000 sq ft adjacent building.
Funding was received for a new facade for our building.
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.