Greater philadelphia community alliance

Children & Youth Development Program Details

Early Childhood Education

GPCA operates 3 early learning centers in the South Philadelphia/Center City area. Our centers provide a highly effective network of early childhood education centers that use high impact, evidence-based, transformative approaches to provide young children with the building blocks to succeed in the  educational system and the 21st century workforce.

These tools are both cognitive and soft skills which include:

  • Adaptability
  • Achievement
  • Motivation
  • Self-esteem
  • Persistence
  • Reliability
  • Consistency
  • Self-control
  • Dependability
  • Literacy
  • Language
  • Math and science

For more information on DLA and WLC, please visit:
Dixon Learning Academy – www.dixonlearningacademy.org
Western Learning Center – www.westernlearningcenter.org
Lincoln Education Center – 1839 Ellsworth Street. Phila, PA 19146 (267) 520-0389

Out of School Time

The purpose of Out of School Time (OST) program is to have an enduring positive impact on our students’ critical thinking, social skills, and ability to achieve academically. Throughout the school year and summer OST and 21st Century Community Learning Center programs, provide high quality programming to all youth served by ensuring that all youth are safe, are engaged in enriching activities, and have an enjoyable experience between the hours of 3pm and 6pm Monday through Friday.

Programs for students K-12 during the school year at the following locations:

  • Elementary School Programming
    • George W. Childs School
    • Newlin Fell School
    • Southwark Elementary School
    • Vare-Washington Elementary School


  • High School Programming
    • Mamie Nichols Center
    • Horace Howard Furness High School – 21st Century Community Learning Center

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNOLOGY – This high school internship program delivers curriculum not available in most classroom settings promoting entrepreneurship, technology and financial literacy. Participants will receive a $595 stipend throughout the school year and a paid summer internship. As interns, they will have the opportunity to learn all facets of business operations first hand. Those required to complete community service hours can do so through our program.

Summer Camp

GPCA Summer Camp Programs at Dixon House and the Houston Center provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks, in addition to academic and extracurricular activities to support the retention of students’ in-school knowledge while emphasizing team building among their peers. Our students attend weekly trips that are educational, and full of adventure. Swimming, sports, dance, karate, golf, arts and crafts are also an integral part of the curriculum and daily activities.

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