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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.



What's New? Follow the links below to find out the latest that's happening at PennAEYC and in your community...



Seeking Proposals for Professional Development Sessions at the 2015 Leadership in Action: Early Childhood Forum


PennAEYC is seeking proposals for professional development sessions at the 2015 Leadership in Action: Early Childhood Forum.  Click here for the Request for Proposal and visit the Forum page for more details on the event.  


PROPOSALS ARE DUE to Rose Snyder by September 30, 2014.




Seeking Nominations for the 2015 VOICE for Children Award


PennAEYC is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 VOICE for Children Award. Below you will find information on the award and how to nominate a deserving individual. VOICE for Children Award instructions are here and the nomination form is here. The award winner will be honored at a dinner during the Leadership in Action Forum scheduled for April 17-18, 2015.  


For more information on the award, visit the VOICE Award page on our site. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 3, 2014.



Have you heard? Full Reauthorization of CCDBG Is Within Reach! BUT, We Need Your Help


The House and Senate have reached agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The House has vote to approve the bill and send it

to the Senate who will vote on the bill before Congress goes into recess on Sept. 23. If the bill passes, it would be an important step in building a strong early learning system. 


Take action and tell Congress to VOTE YES to reauthorize key child care legislation


CCDBG was last reauthorized nearly 20 years ago. Much has changed since then, but the fundamental importance of child care has not. And neither has the importance of

tireless efforts of child care advocates like you. 


Here’s what the new bill would do:

  • Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings
  • Make it easier for women and families to get and keep the child care assistance they need
  • Enable children to have more stable child care
  • Strengthen the overall quality of child care
  • Tell Congress: Vote YES to reauthorize key child care legislation. 

High-quality child care is linked to the success of children and their parents. Child care provides early learning opportunities to children and enables women to work 

so they can support their families. With significantly increased funding, this bill can make a critical difference.



We Need Your Help in Reaching Members of Congress


We need to continue to generate momentum about the need for greater investments in high-quality early learning services for our children. Kids are heading back to school, making it just the right time to highlight the importance of early learning that prepares children for school and life success.  


To illustrate how early learning builds our future, the National Women's Law Center is teaming up with MomsRising and the Strong Start for Children Campaign to play with a set of GIANT building blocks in front of the U.S. Capitol building. And we want your Senators and Representatives to build with us! 


Invite your lawmakers today so they can see firsthand how early learning builds opportunities for our children — and our country


Bringing attention to the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities can help us build support for investing in young children. All of your hard work over the past year has generated tremendous excitement about early learning — and resulted in significant progress in states and communities across the country. But we need to keep building the momentum toward action by Congress at the national level. 


For more information on the federal perspective, visit PennAEYC's Federal Issues page and NAEYC



2014-15 PA Budget Passed

 

Includes funding for early care and education programs


Governor Corbett and state lawmakers passed a 2014-2015 state budget that includes continued growth to Pennsylvania’s early learning services. “Growth to early learning occurred in spite of a $1.4 billion budget deficit,” said Jodi Askins, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.  “This outcome demonstrates the bi-partisan support behind prioritizing limited state dollars towards reducing the high unmet need for Pennsylvania’s early learning programs.”

 

Specifically the 2014-2015 budget included:

  • A $10 million increase to PA Pre-K Counts that will serve an additional 1,670 children.
  • A $9 million increase to PDE’s Early Intervention Program that will serve an additional 1,500 children. 
  • An $18,000 state funding increase and $15 million in expanded federal support for Child Care Services.  The expanded federal support will remove 2,895 children from the child care subsidy (Child Care Works) waiting list.
  • Head Start Supplemental funded at the 13-14 level.
  • DPW Early Intervention funded at the 13-14 level.
  • Child Care Assistance funded at the 13-14 level.
  • Nurse Family Partnership and Family Centers (Parents as Teachers home visiting model funded through this line) level-funded at 13-14 level.

In addition, a new $200 million “Ready to Learn” block grant for public schools was part of the budget deal. One of the permissible uses of Ready to Learn funds is for establishing or maintaining pre-kindergarten programs. (This $200 million block grant encompasses the previous $100 Accountability Block Grant Program.)

 

PennAEYC is part of the Early Learning PA campaign, which consists of a variety of early care and education partners who continue to stress that much more work remains as tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children do not have access to high-quality and effective pre-kindergarten, Head Start or child care services. For more information on the campaign, visit www.earlylearningpa.org



                       
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. 

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 www.prekforpa.org, like us
at facebook.com/prekforpa, 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
www.earlylearningpa.org,
or follow us on twitter @ELPAtweets







More Resources for Early Childhood in the Federal Budget


President Obama signed the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill that clearly recognized the overwhelming nationwide support for early learning by making it a priority in the budget. Overall, there were very significant increases in new child care and early education investments totaling $1.4 billion. Those investments include:  

  • A $154 million increase for Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) restoring dollars cut by sequestration and expanding access to child care for low-income working families. The child care funding includes $296 million to increase the quality of care, of which $109 is intended to improve the quality of infant and toddler care. 
  • A $1.025 billion increase for Head Start, of which $25 million is intended to support implementation of the Head Start designation renewal system; $100 million to support a cost-of-living adjustment for Head Start grantees; and $500 million to support Early Head Start - child care partnerships. The partnerships will provide funds to new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with child care providers to increase access to high-quality, comprehensive child care and early education for children from birth through age 3. 
  • $250 million for a new round of Race to the Top funding, which would include grants to states to develop, enhance or expand high-quality preschool programs that include comprehensive services and family engagement for low-income families.



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