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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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2016 VOICE for Children Awards


Registration is open for the 2016 VOICE for Children Awards dinner and celebration.  The festivities will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.  For full details on the 2016 VOICE for Children Awards click here. To reserve your seat for the dinner and celebration click here

Pre-K for PA

Adopt a Legislator Our state legislators need to hear from everyone who cares about our youngest learners—parents, teachers,

community members—and they need to hear from us over and over again! Use your creativity to expand on the themes suggested below 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. To be counted in this effort, contact:

Sign the Petition Today! We need 14,000 signatures to represent the 14,000 children who are missing out on pre-k classes. Our state elected officials failed to pass a final budget.  Had they done so 14,000 could be in pre-k classes today, but the leaders in Harrisburg just didn’t finish their jobs. Add your name to our petition today to get them back to work. We want to collect at least one signature for every child who could have been in pre-K. Add your name to our petition to demand that our leaders in Harrisburg get back to work and finish their job. Help us by sending this petition to 14 of your friends and ask them to sign on too. 14,000 kids are counting on you.

STILL waiting for a State Budget...


The budget process began on March 3, 2015 when Governor Wolf presented his proposed 2015-2016 state budget. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate passed a budget on June 30, 2015. Since then, they have been at an impasse.


Budget Proposal Comparison


Governor's budget:

  • $100 million increase for Pre-K Counts. 
  • $20 million increase for Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships


House/Senate budget:

  • $25 million increase for Pre-K Counts. 
  • $5 million increase for Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships


While there have been multiple meetings and various proposals, STILL, no budget has been signed. What you can do to help? It is critical that our legislators and administrators continue to hear from us. If you want early learning to be a priority in the final budget CONTINUE to TAKE ACTION! Even if you took action in previous weeks and months, you must continue to advocate. 


Follow this website link to find your legislator. Please take a few minutes to call your Senator and House of Representatives member to let them know you want early learning to be a priority in the final budget and to restore the funding levels to Governor Wolf's proposed levels. Then, follow up with an email or letter to reiterate your points. Ask your friends, family, staff or colleagues and the families you serve to do the same. 

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.  

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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