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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Join NAEYC (and PennAEYC) in Supporting a Strong Start for America's Children!
Senator Harkin (Iowa) along with Representatives George Miller (California) and Richard Hanna (New York) introduced legislation on November 13, 2013 called the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. This bipartisan-sponsored legislation will accelerate the existing commitment of federal, state and local programs for young children’s early development and learning from birth to kindergarten.
The bill has three main components (for more details go to our Summary):
- Grants to states to expand high-quality preschool, building on their current state-funded preschool delivery system (there are also grants for states that do not yet invest in or need to raise the quality of their standards for preschool);
- Grants to create Early Head Start/child care partnerships to improve the quality of and expand access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers; and
- A call for the expansion of the voluntary home visiting program for infants and toddlers.
NAEYC is particularly pleased to see the emphasis on:
- Using high-quality, research-based and developmentally appropriate standards and assessments in all settings (and avoiding inappropriate use of testing);
- Building on the use of existing state systems to deliver preschool programs in high-quality child care, Head Start, and school settings;
- Ensuring that programs engage families and support children’s comprehensive needs;
- Attracting and retaining teachers by helping them to gain the specialized knowledge required and earn degrees in early childhood education, including improved compensation;
- Improving and expanding access to infant and toddler care in Early Head Start/child care partnerships; and
- Strengthening families by providing access to voluntary home visiting in the critical infant and toddler years.
Children's early learning experiences set the course for success in school and life. High-quality programs benefit everyone: children, families, communities - and because of the return on investment, everyone wins. This significant funding proposal would make a substantial investment in early learning from birth through preschool. You know how important quality early childhood education is - you see it every day.
We need your help to build more support in Congress for this historic investment to expand voluntary home visiting, help more infants and toddlers have high-quality experiences through Early Head Start/child care partnerships, and build on Pennsylvania's work to provide more high quality pre-K. Please take a minute to show your support by signing this petition/open letter to Congress today. Then, share the link with your friends, colleagues and families to urge them to sign on too.
FREE Semiars: Thought Leaders in Early Childhood
NAEYC is sponsoring free hour-long webinars, which are designed to help early childhood professionals expand their knowledge and provide access to recgnized though leaders in the field. A broad range of topics, trends and best practices will be covered. The last one in the series will take place:
Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Robert C. Pianta, founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia and a professor in both the Curry School of Education and in the Department of Psychology, discusses "Measuring Classroom Quality."
Each webinar includes a Q&A session. To learn more about the series, listen to an interview on EduTalk radio. Mark your calendars and register for the series today.
for Achieving Standards for Excellence
PennAEYC is very
pleased to announce that we have been recognized as fulfilling the requirements
of the Tier One Essentials Adherence to Basic Legal Regulatory and Governance
Practices through the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organization’s
Standards for Excellence ® program.
Tier one is the first
of three tiers in a comprehensive program that allows organizations to build
capacity by ensuring compliance with essentials of nonprofit operations.
PennAEYC was granted approval under the Essentials Tier for a period of three
years (until May 31, 2016) and must continue to adhere to the nonprofit
governance and management performance indicators outlined for this tier. PennAEYC is
currently working toward Tier Two: Building on the Essentials of Nonprofit
Governance and Management and plans to achieve that level within the next 6
2013-14 State Budget Finalized! A Look at Early Care and Education
With hours to go before the midnight deadline and the start of the
new fiscal year, Governor Corbett signed the $28.4 million FY 2013-2014
Pennsylvania Budget. Overall, early childhood education funding saw
increases in Pre-K Counts, Head Start, and Child Care.
- Pre-K Counts received a $4.5 million increase and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program a $1.9 million increase.
- Child Care Services funding increased by $14.3 million. This
total increase includes $4.1 million in savings from the consolidation
of the CCIS, $3 million from the Governor's budget request and an
additional $7.2 million that will help buffer any losses of federal
funding due to sequestration.
- Child Care Assistance lost $4.1 million. This funding was moved
to Child Care Services and will help the Commonwealth reduce child care
waiting lists, allowing an additional 1,400-1,600 children to be served.
SELECTED EARLY EDUCATION INVESTMENTS FY 2012-13 versus FY 2013-14
FY 12-13 Enacted
FY 13-14 Enacted
Difference FY 12-13 vs
Child Care Services (Child Care Works for low income families, Keystone STARS, Professional Development, etc.
Child Care Assistance (Child Care Works for TANF and former TANF families)
TOTAL STATE FUNDING CHILD CARE
Pre K Counts (PDE)
Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (PDE)
TOTAL STATE Share of Selected Early Care & Education
Thank you for your support, voice and hard work in advocating for high quality early education for all children in Pennsylvania!
Have you visited the NAEYC for Families website?
This site is chocked full of quality resources for parents and families. Check it out today!
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