Center for the Urban Child

At the Center for the Urban Child, our primary care pediatric providers provide comprehensive well care and treatment for acute and chronic illnesses for children from birth to 21 years of age. Throughout this age spectrum, our team believes in a wholesome approach of primary care including preventive care, parenting advice, behavioral, developmental counseling as well as addressing the inequities that contribute to health disparities in children and their families throughout Philadelphia. 

Preventive Care

We recommend regularly scheduled well child exams and the appropriate screenings and immunizations to protect your child's health. Our pediatric preventive care services include a head-to-toe physical exam, immunizations, and providing parents and patients with education and advice on various age-appropriate health maintenance topics.

Sick Visits

Walk in sick visits are available all year round, if your primary care is at our location. Evening sick visits are available, by appointment by calling us at (215) 427-5985.  Our nurses can also be reached at the number provided for any questions about your child and to schedule a sick visit.  Our walk-in sick visit hours are:

  • Morning:  Monday-Saturday: 8:30 AM-11:00 AM 
  • Afternoon:  Monday-Friday: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Evening sick care is by appointment only. Please call (215) 427-5985 to schedule and speak to a nurse.

Urgent Care

When your child requires medical care outside of our regular office hours, call (215) 427-5985. As part of a group of physicians who share on-call duties, we will have a nurse or physician return your call promptly, and if necessary, appropriate arrangements for urgent medical care will be made. 

Other Services

  • Community Resources Information: Resources for families, teens and kids are available onsite & at www.cap4kids.org/Philadelphia  
  • Development and Behavioral Resources: Resources and services to address growth, development or behavior concerns
  • Domestic Violence Resources: Help for children, teens and family members who may be involved in an abusive relationship Hotline: (866) SAFE-014 or (215) 427-4711
  • Farm to Families/Food Resources: Resources for healthy foods and lifestyles, and emergency foods, as well  as farm fresh food boxes at low costs (215) 910-2901
  • Free Legal Advice: In-person legal advice through the Medical Legal Partnership about a variety of health issues. Lawyers are also available via phone on Wednesdays at (215) 587-3350 
  • Injury Prevention: Specialists and resources to help children stay injury free. (215) 427-4880
  • Newborn Program: Care for newborns and mothers, as well as breastfeeding support and resources. For Breastfeeding support, call (215) 427-MILK
  • Oral Care: Routine dental care for children (215) 427-5065 or (215) 427-8877  
  • Reach Out and Read and Literacy Resources: Books provided to children between six months and five-years-old, as well as literacy advice and resources
  • Smoking Cessation Programs: Counseling and nicotine replacement. Smoke Free Philly: (215) 683-LIVE
  • Social Work: Access to St. Christopher’s social workers who can assist with a variety of challenges for children and families. (215) 427-5031
  • Specialist Physicians: Access to St. Christopher’s specialists. 1-888-CHRISDR (247-4737)
  • Teen Resources: Resources and services to keep teens healthy, safe and successful (215) 427-3802
  • WIC Program: Access to WIC (Women, Infants and Children) on our campus (215) 427-6973

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients.  The team is led by Katie McPeak, MD, Medical Director, Center for the Urban Child. To view a list of our primary care providers, click here. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5985.