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A state sffiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), PennAEYC is a dynamic organization of over 4,000 members, offering professional development, advocacy support, networking, leadership, and other opportunities for early childhood professionals.


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PennAEYC is Seeking Nominations for the 2018 VOICE for Children Award


The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing the grassroots leaders whose work impacts the quality of care for young children in diverse settings.  Now in its fourth year, the VOICE Award celebrates not only individual award recipients, but the early childhood profession. 


Do you know an outstanding early childhood professional who is raising their voice to make a difference in the lives of young children and families through advocacy? PennAEYC is asking you to nominate qualified individuals to be recognized for their contributions. The winner will be honored at the VOICE for Children Award Reception and Dinner in the spring of 2018 in Harrisburg, PA!


Nominations must be submitted no later than November 30, 2017.


Click here for more details on the 2018 VOICE for Children Award.


2017-18 State Budget A Win for Children


The 2017-18 fiscal spending plan invests in Pennsylvania's children! Approximately $65 million in new state and federal funding for families and children through Head Start, Pre-K Counts, Keystone Starts, Child Care subsidies, Home Visiting and Early Intervention programs.


NAEYC's America for Early Education

Individually, each of you is critical to helping our nation create opportunities to ensure all children, families, and educators succeed. Together, we can speak louder, stronger, and united with America for Early Ed, advocating for equitable access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate early learning and a robust, diverse, early childhood education profession.
As your professional membership organization, NAEYC is here to help you be the advocate we know you want to be—and the advocate our children and families need you to be. As part of our work, we have launched the America for Early Ed website with weekly "Table Talk" emails, published new federal and state agendas, released new market research, developed resources, tools, and templates to assist and expand your advocacy knowledge and skills, and much more.


In other news, NAEYC has endorsed The Child Care for Working Families Act and Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act as part of a broad solution that heeds the calls of Americans across all political, geographic, and demographic backgrounds who want investment in high-quality early childhood education. You, too, can be part of this important work by contacting your Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor these important pieces of legislation and raising your voice to bolster our advocacy efforts.


Find your Congressperson here

Senator Toomey
Senator Casey


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. 




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. 

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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