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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.

What's New? Follow the links below to find out the latest that's happening at PennAEYC and in your community...

Take Action to Show Your Support for Early Education 

Over the July 4th weekend, many legislators will be at parades and other events in  your communities. Please let them know that you want early childhood care and education to be a budget priority during budget negotiations. 

Governor Wolf Releases Child-Friendly State Budget, But Hard Work Starts Now

March 3, 2015 -- Today is a great day for Pre-K in Pennsylvania! Governor Wolf has proposed a significant increase in the funding to support high-quality pre-k.

PennAEYC strongly supports the call to increase the Pre-K Counts and Head Start line items in the state budget. The Governor’s proposal to invest an additional $120 million in early learning through these programs will significantly increase the number of children with access to high-quality pre-k. Gov. Wolf's proposed budget for fiscal 2015-16 calls for:
  • Increasing funding for Pennsylvania Per-K Counts by $100 million, which will nearly double the commonwealth's current annual investment of $97.3 million
  • A $20 million increase in state funding for Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, which would bring total funding to $59 million.
  • Investing nearly $36 million in available federal funding to increase the availability of high-quality child care programs. 
The evidence is clear that investing in pre-k works. It improves the social, emotional and cognitive outcomes for our children. It also serves to reduce future costs to our educational system and provides a real economic impact for our economy.

If approved by the General Assembly this funding will significantly increase the number of young children and their families across the Commonwealth with access to high-quality early learning. 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. Click here for more details. 

The Governor’s proposal is a great first step. Now the hard work begins to ensure that this critical funding is included in the Commonwealth’s final approved budget. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor, the members of the General Assembly and pre-k advocates and providers across the state to highlight the need for 
increased public investment in early learning.


June 23, 2015 - the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, released their FY 2016 appropriations bill, and soon the Senate is expected to release their appropriations bill too. With nearly $4 billion less to spend for FY 2016 than it had for FY 2015 the House Appropriations Committee bill includes:
  • Level funding of $2.435 billion for CCDBG
  • Increase of $192 million for a total of $8.79 billion for Head Start, including a $150 million increase for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships and $42 million for a Head Start cost-of-living increase
  • The elimination of the Preschool Development Grants
  • The elimination of the School Improvement Grants
Though this bill makes deep cuts to many of the early learning programs, the real push will begin later this year as advocates and policy makers work on trying to raise the spending caps proposed by the sequester. This is just the beginning of a much larger process, so we ask you to stay tuned for more updates and calls to action.

President Obama Releases His 2016 Budget Proposal

February 2015 - President Obama released a fiscal year 2016 budget that includes key investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase quality and opportunity for all students; support teachers and school leaders; and improves access, affordability and student outcomes in college. 

"The President's budget reflects this Administration's belief that every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to receive a strong education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 

The budget request is $70.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, a 5.4% increase over the previous year's funding. The budget also improves new mandatory funding for early childhood education, teacher support and college opportunity, including

  • $75 billion over 10 years for the Preschool for All proposal to provide universal high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year olds from low- and moderate-income families.
  • $750 million for Preschool Development Grants, an increase of $500 million, to help states lay the foundation for universal public preschool. 
 In his State of the Union address, the President emphasized that education is a vital investment in America's economic competitiveness, in its communities, and in its people. The president's 2016 budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st Century and shows that we can do it if we invest in our nation;s future and commit to an economy that rewards hard work, generates rising incomes, and allows everyone to share in the prosperity of a growing America.

For more information on the Department of Education's budget requests can be found on the Budget Fact Sheet.  

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. 

We need you, our members, to join
us in this effort. 

The campaign aims to ensure that every
child in Pennsylvania, regardless of 
socioeconomic background, enters
kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.
As you know, children with access to
high quality pre-k are more likely to advance
grades and have improved social skills.  

Sign up at, like us
at, 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,
or follow us on twitter @ELPAtweets

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