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 or Jodi Askins.
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
Download our position statement: HB 1742 PN 4080 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement
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.