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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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Join us in the Capital on Thursday, June 23 for Chutes and Ladders believes that kids who have high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school, gain stable employment, and are less likely to be arrested later in life. We agree!  

On Thursday, June 23 between 10-2 in the East Wing Rotunda, Pre-K for PA and MomsRising,org will be teaming up for a Moms for Pre-K day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Legislators and staffers are invited to join moms and kids and join in the chutes and ladders fun anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.—great Instagram shots!

The life size chutes and ladders game highlights how quality, affordable early learning helps children win. It's filled with messages like: $1 spent on early learning saves $7 in future government services. Stop by and play a round or just get a photo taken to show your constituents you support Pre-k for PA. 

Proposed 2016-2017 State Budget

February Governor Wolf gave his budget address on February 9. Although, by all accounts, his speech was not a typical budget address in which he talked about the proposed budget he would be sending to the Legislature for consideration, he did release a budget proposal. Governor Wolf’s budget proposal includes the following for early childhood care and education:

  • $120 million in additional funding over two years for Pre-k Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, which includes the $30 million in new funding already enacted for the second half of the current school year
  • $12 million increase in child care funding to serve more children, but no increase to child care rates 
  • $10 million increase in evidence-based home visiting programs
  • Early Intervention was flat-funded

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

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.  

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.

Proposed 2016-2017 Federal Budget

June 2016 - The Senate Appropriations Committee has finalized a bi-partisan mark up of their FY2017 bill, with an increase of $25 million for CCDBG (for a total of $2.8 billion) and $36 million for Head Start (for a total of $9.2 billion). 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…  We got…
Child Care and Development Block GrantAn increase of $1.2 billionAn increase of $25 million
 Head Start & Early Head StartAn increase of $434 million An increase of $36 million
 Preschool Development GrantsAn increase of $100 million Flat funding at $250 million 
If you haven’t checked in with your Representatives lately, now is the time! Click here to find your Congressperson's contact information. The next step in the appropriations process is for the Labor-HHS Subcommittee to mark up their bill on the House side. We strongly encourage you to keep pushing and continue to call your Representatives to ask for additional 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.  

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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