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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 5,000 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 VOICE for Children Award Nominations

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 asks you to nominate those qualified individuals to be recognized for their contributions. The winner will be honored at the VOICE for Children Award reception and dinner to be held in Harrisburg in April 2016. Nominations must be submitted no later than November 16, 2016.

For more information on the VOICE for Children Award, click here. Download a copy of the nomination form here.  Click here to see past award winners. 

STILL waiting for a State Budget...


The budget process began on March 3, 2015 when Governor Wolf presented his proposed 2015-2016 state budget. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate passed a budget on June 30, 2015. Since then, they have been at an impasse.


Budget Proposal Comparison


Governor's budget:

  • $100 million increase for Pre-K Counts. 
  • $20 million increase for Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships


House/Senate budget:

  • $25 million increase for Pre-K Counts. 
  • $5 million increase for Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships


While there have been multiple meetings and various proposals, STILL, no budget has been signed. What you can do to help? It is critical that our legislators and administrators continue to hear from us. If you want early learning to be a priority in the final budget CONTINUE to TAKE ACTION! Even if you took action in previous weeks and months, you must continue to advocate. 


Follow this website link to find your legislator. Please take a few minutes to call your Senator and House of Representatives member to let them know you want early learning to be a priority in the final budget and to restore the funding levels to Governor Wolf's proposed levels. Then, follow up with an email or letter to reiterate your points. Ask your friends, family, staff or colleagues and the families you serve to do the same. 

As a founding partner in the Pre-K for PA Campaign, PennAEYC is strongly advocating for increased investment in early childhood education to expand access to high-quality pre-k for all of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year olds. We encourage you to do the same because we can not do it alone.  

On the Federal Budget Front

The October 1st deadline to pass the federal budget is quickly approaching. Both the House and Senate have introduced spending bills that significantly cut funding for child care and pre-k. New America's EdCentral has a detailed breakdown of what to expect from Congress when they return from summer recess in the fall.
Senator Casey (D-PA) has introduced legislation to increase access to healthy foods for low-income children in child care. Currently, food assistance is available through the Child and Adult Care Food Program for children in communities where 50% of families are eligible for free and reduced lunches at school. Senator Casey's bill would help children access healthy food in a number of ways:
  • increase the number of children who qualify by lowering the eligibility threshold to 40%
  • allow for serving a third meal or snack to children who attend more than 8 hours in a day
  • increase the reimbursement rate for child care programs and community sponsors of family child care programs.
President Obama intends to nominate University of Texas at Austin economist Sandra Black to the three-member White House Council of Economic Advisers, which advises the president on economic policy. Ms. Black has done extensive research on education, inter-generational mobility, and early childhood development.

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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