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 would change the grade spans and age ranges for teacher instructional certificates beginning in January 2022, The bill would create a kindergarten to sixth grade certificate in addition to the existing pre-k to fourth grade certification. It also eliminates dual certification for special education teachers and collapses their current certificates into one. PennAEYC is opposed to this legislation due to concerns the pipeline of qualified pre-k teachers will be diminished and teachers in the early elementary years will not have an early childhood education background.

Download PennAEYC's position 10/24/17 

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House Bill 1742STAR Level Public Posting Requirements
This legislation requires child care providers participating in Keystone STARS to post their STAR rating (1-4) on their websites. The Department of Human Services (DHS) must issue placards to providers that include the name of the facility, the name of the agency issuing the placard, the date the placard was issued, the STAR rating of the facility and the name, address, phone number, website and email address of the agency issuing the placard. The provider must post the placard in at the entrance of the child care facility. 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 3567).

PennAEYC position on PN 3567 coming soon!

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

Download PennAEYC’s position 11/28/17 (PN 2736)

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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!


Download PennAEYC's position 3/27/18 (PN 1587)

Download PennAEYC's position 1/4/18 (PN 1252) 

Download PennAEYC's position 10/12/17 (PN 430) 

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"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.