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November 19, 2014 - CCDBG Reauthorization Signed by President Obama!
Flanked by both Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives, President Obama signed the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law. After 18 years without any Congressional action, CCDBG was reauthorized and revised to include provisions to improve the quality of child care nationwide. Here’s what the new bill does:
- Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings
- Make it easier for women and families to get and keep the child care assistance they need
- Enable children to have more stable child care
- Strengthen the overall quality of child care
- Tell Congress: Vote YES to reauthorize key child care legislation.
High-quality child care is linked to the success of children and their parents. Child care provides early learning opportunities to children and enables women to work so they can support their families. With significantly increased funding, this bill can make a critical difference.
2014-15 PA Budget Passed
Includes funding for early care and education programs
Governor Corbett and state lawmakers passed a 2014-2015 state budget that includes continued growth to Pennsylvania’s early learning services. “Growth to early learning occurred in spite of a $1.4 billion budget deficit,” said Jodi Askins, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children. “This outcome demonstrates the bi-partisan support behind prioritizing limited state dollars towards reducing the high unmet need for Pennsylvania’s early learning programs.”
Specifically the 2014-2015 budget included:
- A $10 million increase to PA Pre-K Counts that will serve an additional 1,670 children.
- A $9 million increase to PDE’s Early Intervention Program that will serve an additional 1,500 children.
- An $18,000 state funding increase and $15 million in expanded federal support for Child Care Services. The expanded federal support will remove 2,895 children from the child care subsidy (Child Care Works) waiting list.
- Head Start Supplemental funded at the 13-14 level.
- DPW Early Intervention funded at the 13-14 level.
- Child Care Assistance funded at the 13-14 level.
- Nurse Family Partnership and Family Centers (Parents as Teachers home visiting model funded through this line) level-funded at 13-14 level.
In addition, a new $200 million “Ready to Learn” block grant for public schools was part of the budget deal. One of the permissible uses of Ready to Learn funds is for establishing or maintaining pre-kindergarten programs. (This $200 million block grant encompasses the previous $100 Accountability Block Grant Program.)
PennAEYC is part of the Early Learning PA campaign, which consists of a variety of early care and education partners who continue to stress that much more work remains as tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children do not have access to high-quality and effective pre-kindergarten, Head Start or child care services. For more information on the campaign, visit www.earlylearningpa.org.
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|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.
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 www.prekforpa.org, like us
at facebook.com/prekforpa, or follow
on twitter @prek4pa
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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