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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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Sign-on Today to Protect Existing and Proposed Investments in Child Care!


Please join us today by adding your organization’s name to the sign-on letter to the members of the General Assembly and Governor Wolf.


By providing us with your contact information, your organization will be included on the letter that will be delivered to each member of the Pennsylvania House and Senate as well as Governor Wolf.


To read the full text of the letter, click here.


We will accept names until close of business on JUNE 9, 2017.


Your advocacy makes a difference. Thank you for all you do every day for children and families.


2017-18 State Budget Proposal


Governor Wolf set investing in the children of Pennsylvania as a top priority in his 2017- 2018 budget address. During his speech to the Legislature he declared, “There should be no greater priority for government than caring for and educating our children.”  We agree. The Governor's budget proposal includes:

  • $35 million for child care
  • $65 million for Pre-K Counts
  • $10 million for Head Start
  • $9 million for evidence-based home visiting
  • $19 million for early intervention


We are encouraging the Governor and Pennsylvania Legislature to work together to support these increases in early care and education. However, the House of Representatives voted on April 4 to these funding levels:  

  • $0 increase for child care plus an additional cut of $28 million
  • $25 million increase for Pre-K Counts
  • $5 million increase for Head Start
  • $0 increase for home visiting


Contact your Senator and ask them to restore funding levels to Governor Wolf's proposed levels. Find your Senator here.


Federal Budget Update


Thanks to advocates from around the country, high-quality, accessible and affordable child care for families saw a funding increase in the federal budget passed in May by the US House of Representatives. The increases included: 


$95 million for Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

$85 million for Head Start

$25 million for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), which supports after school programs


But our hard work isn't done yet! The increase to CCDBG alone, while significant, is not enough to fill the gaps in the states. We must continue to push for child care implementation needs for all states. Send a message to Congress today, asking for the necessary $1.4 billion for FY 2018.



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. 



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, 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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