City Council Report: School-Based Family Services Centers

Posted by City Council of Philadelphia on August 18, 2014

School-Based Family Services Centers: An Overview

School-Based Family Services Centers (SBFS Centers) is a strategy to address the needs of the most vulnerable and in need among us – our children. In Philadelphia, 40% of school-age children (age 17 or younger) live in poverty, one of the highest rates in the nation. It is estimated that more than 30% of Philadelphia children who receive some form of medical care live with a chronic disease like asthma, and it is believed that statistic is likely higher because it fails to capture children who receive little or no medical care. Many of these children are unable to learn because they lack certain essentials such as adequate food and basic healthcare. We cannot declare that we have fulfilled our moral duty by giving these children desks, pencils, books and teachers. These children need far more in order to have positive academic outcomes. Their families often require support in order to have positive socioeconomic outcomes. The purpose of this program is to support these children so they can thrive.

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