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.
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 2736) and applauds the work of our partner organization, PAEYC, for their efforts to develop the legislation.
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 supports the current version of the bill (Printer’s Number 1252) following amendments which were adopted addressing our concerns, which we developed with partner organizations and the General Assembly.