PennAEYC stays current on proposals and actions to change the early care and education system at the state and federal levels so we can influence the outcome and inform our members and other concerned Pennsylvanians of possible change.

PennAEYC Positions Statements

PennAEYC monitors and responds to legislative, regulatory and administrative actions impacting the early care and education system at the state and federal levels. Learn more about current proposals by downloading our position statements. If you have questions please contact Kimberly Early.

2021-22 Pennsylvania Legislation

Senate Bill 563 -  Smoke Detectors for Family Child Care Homes 

Senate Bill 563 amends the “Fire and Panic Act” to require family child care home providers to install interconnected (whether by hardwire, Bluetooth or other means) smoke alarms on each floor of their home and in the basement and have a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and any other cooking areas. The activation of each smoke alarm must result in an audible alarm for those inside the child care space with all doors closed. At the time of installation, the smoke alarm must be approved by a testing laboratory recognized by OSHA to test and certify smoke alarms. Family child care homes are provided 12 months after the effective date or until the expiration of their current certificate of compliance (whichever is longer) to comply.
Download PennAEYC's position statement here:


House Bill 1155 -  Municipal Recreation Programs

House Bill 1155 amends the definition of “child care center” in the Human Services Code to specifically exclude municipal recreation programs from the term, effectively removing any requirements related to health and safety required by a child care center from applying to a municipal recreation program.  

Download PennAEYC's position statement HB 1155, PN 1219 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement


Pennsylvania Legislation from Previous Legislative Sessions


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