Community Resources


Apply for Pennsylvania benefits through COMPASS

Compass is1 the new State of Pennsylvania website that allows citizens a fast and easy way to apply for benefits anytime and anywhere. COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs.  Apply right on the site!

Click here to visit COMPASS.

Promise for Children
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing Pennsylvania’s young children with access to quality early learning opportunities.
The Promise is sponsored by the PA Build Initiative, Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and William Penn Foundation, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
If you believe quality early education should be a priority for Pennsylvania, visit The Promise’s website and sign the Declaration of support.  More than 18,500 people have signed, including administrators of Acclaim Academy.
Early Intervention – Pennsylvania Department of Education
This site is for Pennsylvania families who need information about services and supports for families with children, birth to school age, who have developmental delays/disabilities.
For information and referral call Connect Early Intervention Helpline at 800-692-7288 or visit their  Early Intervention Website.
Pennsylvania Keys
PAKeys works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning(OCDEL) to develop and implement an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for Early Childhood Education (ECE) and School-Age Care (SAC) programs.
Visit the PAKeys at:
Southeast Regional Key (SERK)
Acclaim Academy and the city of Philadelphia are in the Southeast Regional Key of the Pennsylvania Keys program
Visit the Southeast Regional Key at

Germantown Special Services District

 1Acclaim Academy is located in the Germantown Special Services District (GSSD).  Acclaim’s founder, Joseph Martin, previously served as president of the GSSD and continues to serve as a board member. Councilwoman Cindy Bass who serves the 8th District of Philadelphia re-activated the group to provide supplemental services beyond those provided by the City and invest in long term economic development.  Projects include public space maintenance, beautification, marketing and promotions.



Elwyn provides psychological evaluation and behavioral intervention and treatment for children with a variety of needs.

Call 610-891-2000 or visit

Child Link


ChildLink’s mission is to educate, empower and increase a family’s capacity to support its children in reaching their highest potential.

Under contract with the City of Philadelphia, Child Link provides service coordinators who help children, from birth to age three who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families obtain supports and services. Their staff works in partnership with parents, early intervention specialists and therapists to evaluate each child’s needs, identify outcomes, explore options and develop and Individualized Family Service Plan.

Anyone who has a concern about a child’s development can make a referral for a multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine eligibility for services by calling the City of Philadelphia’s Early Intervention Intake Department at 215.685.4646.
For more information visit


Children’s Crisis Treatment Center

1.jpegCCTC serves the emotional needs of children and families at risk beginning in early childhood. They meet children where they are and help them to reach their full potential regardless of their challenges.

Call 215-496-0707 or visit

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