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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.



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Save the Date! 

 

Mark your calendar for April 17-18, 2015 and plan to take part in the annual Leadership in Action: Early Childhood Forum and VOICE for Children Award celebration at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel.  Click here for more information on the Leadership in Action: Early Childhood Forum and here to register for the event. 


In the next few days, we will post registration information for PennAEYC's VOICE for Children Award dinner and celebration being held on Friday, April 17, 2015.   




President Obama Releases His 2016 Budget Proposal


President Obama released a fiscal year 2016 budget that includes key investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase quality and opportunity for all students; support teachers and school leaders; and improves access, affordability and student outcomes in college. 

"The President's budget reflects this Administration's belief that every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to receive a strong education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 

The budget request is $70.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, a 5.4% increase over the previous year's funding. The budget also improves new mandatory funding for early childhood education, teacher support and college opportunity, including

  • $75 billion over 10 years for the Preschool for All proposal to provide universal high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year olds from low- and moderate-income families.
  • $750 million for Preschool Development Grants, an increase of $500 million, to help states lay the foundation for universal public preschool. 
 In his State of the Union address, the President emphasized that education is a vital investment in America's economic competitiveness, in its communities, and in its people. The president's 2016 budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st Century and shows that we can do it if we invest in our nation;s future and commit to an economy that rewards hard work, generates rising incomes, and allows everyone to share in the prosperity of a growing America.

For more information on the Department of Education's budget requests can be found on the Budget Fact Sheet.  



Send a Valentine's Day Message to Legislators 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we have an exciting art project for both adults and children to get involved in!
 
NAEYC, along with other national organizations, will be delivering Valentine’s Day cards to the U.S. Senate with messages about the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care. This is an opportunity for child care providers, advocates, parents, and children to tell Congress how important new funding will be for the successful implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization law. 
 
What We Need From You:
Help us spread the word! Tell your family, friends, and early learning classrooms to participate.
Create Valentine’s Day cards with messages about child care. Here’s an example: “Support young minds & hearts: Invest in child care!”
Mail your cards early enough so that they arrive in Washington D.C. by Friday, February 6, 2015Please send them to:
Amanda Hooper
National Women’s Law Center
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
 
Thank you for your continuous efforts promoting high-quality, affordable child care!



                       
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







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