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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 5,300 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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Save the Date! 


Mark your calendar for April 17-18, 2015 and plan to take part in the annual Leadership in Action: Early Childhood Forum and VOICE for Children Award celebration at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel.  Hotel reservation and conference registration information will be released in the coming days, so watch this website and our Facebook and twitter accounts for details. 

Send a Valentine's Day Message to Legislators 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we have an exciting art project for both adults and children to get involved in!
NAEYC, along with other national organizations, will be delivering Valentine’s Day cards to the U.S. Senate with messages about the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care. This is an opportunity for child care providers, advocates, parents, and children to tell Congress how important new funding will be for the successful implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization law. 
What We Need From You:
Help us spread the word! Tell your family, friends, and early learning classrooms to participate.
Create Valentine’s Day cards with messages about child care. Here’s an example: “Support young minds & hearts: Invest in child care!”
Mail your cards early enough so that they arrive in Washington D.C. by Monday, February 9, 2015Please send them to:
Amanda Hooper
National Women’s Law Center
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
The cards will be delivered to Senate offices on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Thank you for your continuous efforts promoting high-quality, affordable child care!

NAEYC Responds to President Obama's State of the Union

On January 20, 2015 President Barack Obama delivered a groundbreaking State of the Union address, presenting a major tax reform proposal that once again demonstrates his commitment to young children and their families. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading voice on high-quality early childhood education for children birth through age eight, applauds the President for his support of a vision held by NAEYC: all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

The President's proposal would create a simpler, fairer tax code allowing for greater investments to benefit middle- and low-income families and grow the economy. The proposal would not only help streamline child care tax benefits, but also increase the maximum child care credit for middle class families with young children to $3,000 per child - triple the current amount. This tax reform would benefit 5.1 million families, helping them cover child care costs for millions of children. 

The State of the Union highlighted the importance of early learning, stressing that in order for parents to work and feel secure in today's economy, affordable high-quality child care is "a must-have." NAEYC congratulates the President for taking this firm stance on the importance of child care and referring to it as a "national economic priority." NAEYC looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to improve the quality of child care settings and to ensure that all families have access to the child care that best meets their needs. 

"High-quality early childhood education needs to be affordable and accessible to all families in our Nation," said NAEYC Executive Director Rhian Evans Allvin. "Research in all areas - whether in education, neuroscience, or economics - points to the same conclusion: early learning matters. We have all the facts and now it is time we act on them; a public commitment will give parents peace of mind that their children are safe while they are at work and that they are engaged in learning environments that help prepare them for success in school and in life. 

Ahead of us lie many significant and exciting opportunities to realize these goals. The planned reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for example, will provide a great opportunity to improve quality and access for families, and to better connect early learning experiences with elementary schools. ESEA can serve as a vehicle to improve professional development for teachers working with young children, facilitate transitions into and through the early elementary grades, and to ensure that all communities can provide quality early childhood programs. 

The historic reauthorization of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) also presents an important means to i,prove access and quality of early learning. The bipartisan bill includes many improvements to health and safety standards and promotes professional development opportunities so that children have early developments and learning experiences that meet the full range of their developmental needs. NAEYC looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to increase investments in this important program. 

These federal initiatives, combined with state and local investments take us a step closer to delivering on the promise of early learning. A promise that ensures all young children have access to high quality early learning experiences and that early childhood educations serve in a value and revered profession.  To read more about Invest in US, please visit

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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