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A State Affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), PennAEYC is a dynamic organization of over 5,000 members including 13 local Affiliates and two Chapters, offering professional development, advocacy support, networking, leadership, and other opportunities for early childhood professionals.



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Seeking Nominations for VOICE for Children Awards  


PennAEYC is seeking nominations for the 2017 VOICE for Children Awards. Please visit the VOICE for Children page on our website for full details on how to nominate an outstanding grassroots advocate whose work has impacted quality early education for all children in Pennsylvania. 


NOMINATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 14, 2016.




Elections are Important so GET OUT THE VOTE! 


The election is fast approaching, and once again the early care and education field can play a critical role in getting out the vote. To help in your efforts, our partners at Delaware Valley AEYC have developed these resources and flyers:


Election Calendar

Top 10 ECE Activities for the Election Season

Our Kids Can't Vote-But We Can!

So You Don't Plan to Vote? Think Again!

Preschool Voting Activity

Panel Display Resources


Other resources include:

Check your Voter Status

Online Voter Registration

Find Your Poling Place

Early Ed for President

Child Care Takes Center Stage


With a deadline of October 11, now is the time to encourage voter registration among your staff and parents. The Committee of Seventy has a new 2016 General Election Voter Guide, with descriptions of all the state and national offices up for election, profiles of the candidates and explanations of ballot questions, plus links to other nonpartisan voter resources. While primarily Southeast PA focused, the guide can be useful for the whole state. 




Adopt A Legislator


Our state legislators need to hear from everyone who cares about our youngest learners. That means parents, family members, teachers, community members, business and civic leaders—and they need to hear from us over and over again! The Pre-K for PA Campaign urges you to implement the Adopt A Legislator program at your facility. These instructions will help you begin the process, which also includes sending your legislator an introduction letter and adoption certificate.  


Then, all you have to do is use your creativity to expand on these themes and invite others to do the same. Once you have a project complete, bring it to your local legislator's office, mail it to them or email them photos. Contact information for your legislators can be found here. Stay in touch with your legislator frequently and be sure to invite them to all the activities you are holding at your site. 



Final 2016-2017 State Budget


Early Education was one of the few budget lines to see increases in the fiscal 2016-17 spending plan:


  • $30 million for high-quality pre-k programs (equal to last year’s pre-k funding increase)
  • Nearly $200 million in child welfare funding, which will reconcile expenditures from fiscal 2015-16 as well as address some of the needs established by counties for fiscal 2016-17; and
  • $10 million in additional funding for Early Intervention, which provides individualized services and supports to families of children birth to school-age who have developmental delays or disabilities.


While these increases are greatly appreciated (and much needed), they do not go far enough to address the unmet needs of the commonwealth’s children. Investments in high-quality pre-k must grow at a much stronger pace if we hope to reach the more than 120,000 at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds who miss out on pre-k opportunities each year. The enacted budget also failed to include an additional $10 million proposed by the governor to fund Pennsylvania’s evidence-based home visiting programs, and it funds child care services at $12 million less than the governor proposed.


Follow this website link to find your legislator. please make sure to contact your state senator and representative and let them know you support funding for high quality early childhood care and education and why. PennAEYC supports investments in all areas of early care and education. As a founding partner in the Pre-K for PA Campaign, PennAEYC is strongly advocating for increased investment in early childhood education to expand access to high-quality pre-k for all of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year olds. We encourage you to do the same because we can not do it alone.  

 

Proposed 2016-2017 Federal Budget

June-July 2016 - The Senate Appropriations Committee has finalized a bi-partisan mark up of their FY2017 bill. Also, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) subcommittee marked up their version of the FY 2017 appropriations bill. While all increases are appreciated, especially when we know the committee is operating within very tight spending caps, these increases nevertheless fall far short of the investments needed to achieve the programs’ goals for children, families and communities.

   NAEYC asked for…  SENATE we got...  HOUSE we got...
Child Care and Development Block Grant An increase of $1.2 billionAn increase of $25 million An increase of $40 million
Head Start & Early Head StartAn increase of $434 million  An increase of $36 millionAn increase of $141.6 million
Preschool Development GrantsAn increase of $100 million Flat funding at $250 millionFlat funding at $250 million

If you haven’t checked in with your Senator or Congressman lately, now is the time! Click here to find your Congressperson's contact information. We strongly encourage you to keep pushing and continue to call your Representatives to ask for investments in early learning, and particularly in CCDBG. 
Let them know you are paying attention and keeping track of how they support our youngest children and their families.

President Obama proposed the following for fiscal year (FY16/17):
  • $2.97 billion in discretionary CCDBG funding, an increase of $201 million over FY2016 
  • $6.58 billion in mandatory CCDBG funding, an increase of $3.7 billion over FY2016, part of a broader proposal to increase mandatory CCDBG funding by $82 billion over the next ten years 
  • $9.6 billion for Head Start, an increase of $434 million over FY2016, which includes $10 million to support the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships 
  • $450 million in additional funding for Title I Grants under ESSA, which can be used to support early learning 
  • $350 million for Preschool Development Grants, an increase of $100 million over FY2016 
  • $1.3 billion in mandatory funding in 2017 and $75 billion over 10 years to support universal high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families 
  • Over $1 billion to support programs focused on attracting and retaining high-quality teachers, with a focus on pathways, professional development and compensation 
  • Over $1 billion for some higher-education focused programs, including America’s College Promise, which would create a new partnership with states to make two years of community college free for responsible students, as well as initiatives focused on streamlining student loan forgiveness and year-round Pell grant availability - all of which are important to current and future early childhood educators 

Again, please reach out to Senator Casey, Senator Toomey and your US Representative and let them know you support funding for high quality early childhood care and education and why.  





 
PennAEYC, DVAEYC and PAEYC 
Lead Statewide Campaign

As part of strengthening the early childhood
community, PennAEYC, DVAEYC and
PAEYC are part of a statewide campaign
advocating for high quality pre-k for every
3 and 4 year old in Pennsylvania. The
public funds available for pre-k in
Pennsylvania help fewer than twenty percent
of 3 and 4 year olds access high-quality
programs. As a result, to many families
cannot find or access high quality pre-k,
which is essential to PA's children. 

The goal is by 2018, every at-risk child will have access to a high-quality pre-kindergarten program and middle-income families will more easily afford these services for their children. To accomplish this goal, Pennsylvania policymakers must invest an additional $470 Million over the next 3 state budgets.

We need you, our members, to join
us in this effort.  
Sign up at www.prekforpa.org, like us
at facebook.com/prekforpa, or follow
on twitter @prek4pa
Early Learning PA:
All Children Ready to Succeed


PennAEYC has joined with a number
of other early learning advocacy
organizations to launch the Early
Learning PA Campaign, with a goal
that by 2020, all Pennsylvania children
will have access to high quality early
learning opportunities to do their best-
now and in the future. 

Early Learning PA is a statewide,
non-partisan campaign supported by a
broad-based coalition from around the
commonwealth committed to advocating
for a comprehensive early childhood
system that ensures that Pennsylvania's
children, particularly its most vulnerable
have access t the education and support
they need to enter school ready to learn. 

Sign on to the campaign at
www.earlylearningpa.org,
or follow us on twitter @ELPAtweets







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