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General Information
Description of AgencyCADEkids provides young children with the life skills they need to move successfully through school and beyond. By maintaining a year-long presence at their assigned schools, our Prevention Specialists teach and mentor students to rise above desperate circumstances—violence, poverty, and apathy—to build lives that match their ambitions.
CADEkids’ Prevention Specialists spend one or more days onsite at up to five schools per week.
HistoryIn 1987, a group of committed corporate leaders, the presidents of our four major league sports teams, and the city's Mayor and Police Commissioner came together with a common mission---to fund prevention programs that would protect a generation of elementary school children from substance abuse and violence. Their investment in the future of Philadelphia's children is known today as CADE... Helping Children Make Smart Decisions.

Today, CADE works directly with approximately 10,000 children each year throughout Philadelphia (and at one school in Norristown, PA), helping them to say NO to substance abuse and violence in their communities. CADE Prevention Specialists are consistent, trusted, positive adult role models who teach life-saving skills: decision making, goal setting, conflict resolution, communication and self-esteem.
Funded ByOffice of Addiction Services (DBHIDS)
Contact Information
Contact's NameDouglas Alderfer
Contact's PositionExecutive Director
Contact's Phone215-925-0643
Physical Site Address 1128 Chestnut Street
Physical Site Address 2Suite 302
Physical Site City, State, ZipPhiladelphia, PA 19106
Main Phone215-925-0643
Web Address
Director Information
Director's NameDouglas Alderfer
Director's PositionExecutive Director
Director's Phone215-925-0643
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: CADEkids
Affiliated Programs: CADEkids - Philadelphia; Citywide
Affiliated Services: CADEkids - Helping Children Make Smart Decisions - Classroom Programs
CADEkids - Neighborhood Programs