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What is Congress waiting for?
More than 7 in 10 Americans want Congress to invest in early learning education, according to a new national poll released by the First Five Years Fund. Now we need to make sure our members of Congress are also on board.
Take Action: Tell your Members of Congress to expand access to early learning opportunities!
For more information, visit PennAEYC's Federal Issues page.
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.
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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
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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
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.