PCCY persuades Mayor Jim Kenney to create the Philadelphia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Group and, as a member of the group, pushes for strong new recommendations to protect kids from exposure to lead. PCCY We follow up by launching a new #LeadFreePhilly coalition to build broad-based support for new measures to protect kids from deteriorating lead paint in their homes.

PCCY launches a new research and planning process to develop a strategy to increase access to high-quality infant/toddler care for low-income families that will make it possible to have a well-trained infant care workforce, stable and sufficient payment for care, and highly engaged parents.

US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, former Lt. Governor James Cawley and incoming Congressman Dwight Evans attend PCCY’s historic roundtable on Pre-K to advance the message that with sufficient and smart alignment of federal, state and local investments in pre-K, every child can start school ready to learn.

PCCY hosts a first-of-its-kind Minecraft gaming and STEM event for kids, the Block By Block Party! Upwards of 1,500 parents and children, scores of volunteers and representatives from child-focused organizations gather for a fundraising extravaganza at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to support PCCY’s work and fund a grant, modeled after the Picasso Project grants, for hi-tech learning in public schools.