Deborah Porter-Greasham shared her dream of opening a daycare with her family. 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 day care to infants, toddlers, and pre-school children of low-income working families. The founding family members were: Evelyn & Sultan Porter, Sr. (parents), Sultan Porter Jr., Tyrone Porter & Darlene Porter Davis. Additional family support was received from Brenda Robinson Porter & Edward Porter. Enrollment: 6
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 full 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.