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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April 1, 2014 Leadership in Action: PA Early Childhood Forum - Registration is OPEN!
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2014 Leadership in Action: PA Early Childhood Forum on April 1, 2014 in Harrisburg. This year's event will feature Keynote Speaker, Kevin Carnes, President of the Educational Division at Lakeshore Learning Materials. Check out Kevin in this clip. He is so excited to come to PA and talk to us about leadership and advocacy in early education. Check here for more information on the forum and REGISTER HERE. Click here for the schedule and here for session descriptions.
Governor Corbett's 2014-2015 Budget Proposal
On February 4 Governor Corbett shared his 2014-15 proposed budget that would spend $29.4 billion, $927 million, or 3.3% more than the current fiscal year. Early learning did receive an increase in funding in some areas:
- Increase funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts by $10 million allowing an additional 1,670 children to be served.
- Maintains the same level of funding for Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP)
- Increases child care services funding by $18,000. The Governor proposes using $15 million in new federal funding from Child Care and Development Block Grant to provide services for 2,895 additional children.
- Increases funding for Early Intervention (0-3 years old) by $4.192 million and $841K for 3-5 year olds which provides critical services to children with disabilities and developmental delays.
- Maintains the same level of funding for Nurse Family-Partnership, a home visiting program that pairs registered nurses with at-risk expectant mothers to encourage healthy pregnancies and healthy child development. Family centers are also being level funded.
We will continue to provide you with more details as the House of Representatives and Senate announce their proposals and they progress through the process.
PennAEYC, DVAEYC and PAEYC Lead Statewide Campaign to Make Available High Quality Pre-K for ALL of PA's Children
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, too 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.
Kicking off the campaign, a statewide coalition of non-profit organizations launched Pre-K for PA today at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, a provider of high quality pre-k and at the United Way of Westmoreland County in Greensburg. In the Southeast, the campaign launched at the Karabots Pediatric Care Center, a part of the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. The event included a visit from 4-year-old students from the Parent Infant Center, a high quality early learning facility in West Philadelphia.
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.
Join Us in Growing in the Campaign - In these coming months, we will need YOUR help in making high-quality pre-k a visible issue during this critical election year and beyond. We will be a regular source for pre-k information and will conduct outreach in the local community, at public forums, and in the media to spread the word.
Pre-K for PA is a statewide collaboration led in Western PA by the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children. The coalition includes statewide partners: the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Fight Crime, Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, Pennsylvania Head Start Association and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.
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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waiting lists, allowing an additional 1,400-1,600 children to be served.