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. Should you have any questions please contact If you have questions please contact Jen DeBell.
2021-22 Pennsylvania Legislation
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
2019-20 Pennsylvania Legislation
Senate Bill 430 - Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act
This legislation requires that child care facilities that burn fossil fuels, have a fireplace or an attached garage must have a carbon monoxide alarm in each building. The carbon monoxide alarm must be installed by hardwire connection to the security system if the building has a security system. The bill is effective 90 days following passage and carbon monoxide alarms must be installed 18 months after the effective date to be in compliance. The Department of Human Services may not issue or renew a license for a child care facility if requirements of the bill are not met and is provided the ability to issue a provisional license in these cases.
Download PennAEYC's position statement 5/28/2020 (PN 397) SB 430 PN 1719 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
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Senate Bills 934 and 935 - Fire Safety
These bills require family child care home providers to install interconnected (whether by hardwire or by bluetooth) smoke detectors on each floor of their home and in the basement and have a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and any other cooking areas. In addition, child care centers and family child care homes are required to have operable and properly maintained fire detection systems and programs are required to test all fire detection systems every thirty days and maintain a written record of the testing with the facility’s fire drill logs. If this cannot occur, the system must be tested at least annually by a fire safety professional and written documentation of the results must be maintained. In addition programs must keep proof and date of purchase of fire detection systems in their log. The bill requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) child care certification representatives to inspect for compliance with fire safety requirements in child care centers and family child care homes and refer any failures to the building code official charged with the enforcement of fire safety requirements. Building code officials are also required to issue reports and information to ensure compliance to DHS.
Download PennAEYC's position 6/2/2020 SB 934 PN 1720_ SB 935 PN 1516 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
Download PennAEYC's statements:
3/13/2020 (PN 3133) HB 309 PN 3133 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
2-11-19 (PN 289) HB 309 PN 289 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
Follow this link to the legislation https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=0309&pn=3133
2017-18 Pennsylvania Legislation
House Bill 1386 - Teacher Certification Grade and Age Bands
This legislation originally would have changed the grade spans and age ranges for teacher instructional certificates, including creating a kindergarten to sixth grade certificate in addition to the existing pre-k to fourth grade certification. PennAEYC was previously opposed to this legislation due to concerns that the pipeline of qualified pre-k teachers would be diminished and teachers in the early elementary years would not have an early childhood education background. We advocated to keep the grade spans as they stand currently. Fortunately, the bill was amended to remove the language which changed the certificate grade spans, except for special education. PennAEYC is now neutral on the bill as there is no longer a negative impact to the early care and education field.
Download our position statement: HB 1386 PN 4070 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
This legislation requires child care providers to post their Keystone STARS rating on their websites. The Department of Human Services (DHS) must issue placards that include the name of the provider, the name of and contact information for DHS, the date the placard was issued and the STAR rating of the provider. The provider must post the placard in any public-facing window on or adjacent to their entrance or at the entrance if there is no window. The provider must inform families of their STAR level in writing at the time of application and enrollment. Providers that fail to display their placard or alter their placard to misrepresent their STAR level will be cited for non-compliance and will be subject to a STAR 1 rating for two years. DHS must ensure the placard is posted and accurate on an annual basis. PennAEYC suggested amendments to the bill sponsors which were included in the legislation and now supports the current version of the bill (Printer's Number 4080).
Download our position statement: HB 1742 PN 4080 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
House Bill 1677 - Change in Terminology in Law and Regulations: "Day care" to "Child Care"
This legislation updates language in the Pennsylvania Human Services Code to remove the word "day" when referring to "child day care" and requires the Department of Human Services to update its regulations with the proper terminology as well. PennAEYC supports the current version of the bill (Printer’s Number 3675) and applauds the work of our partner organization, Trying Together, for their efforts to develop the legislation.
Download PennAEYC's position statement 6/12/18 (PN 3675) HB 1677 PN 3675 PennAEYC Trying Together DVAEYC Position Statement FINAL 6-12-18
Senate Bill 439 - Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Child Care Facilities
This legislation would require child care facilities that burn fossil fuels, have a fireplace or an attached garage to have carbon monoxide detectors.
PennAEYC position on PN 1759 coming soon!
"PN refers to the term "printer's number". If a bill is amended, it is given a new "PN" to reflect changes have been made to the bill.