PennAEYC’s state and federal public policy agenda is focused on ensuring high-quality early care and education opportunities for Pennsylvania’s youngest children and supporting the early care and education workforce.
PennAEYC's Public Policy and Legislative Agenda 2021
PennAEYC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania families will have access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education opportunities for their children provided by a profession that is valued, well-compensated and supported. Primary attention is devoted to expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for young children. We are also called as early childhood professionals to demonstrate a commitment to the profession that extends beyond the learning environment in which we work. This includes advocacy for the children and families we serve, and for the early childhood workforce. Our public policy and legislative agenda outlines positive goals for funding increases, as well as changes in policy and practice, regulation and law at the state and federal levels. We will achieve our goals through existing and new partnerships at the local, state and federal levels, including our chapters and membership, state advocacy partners and NAEYC.
The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the vital role that child care plays in the lives of children and working families. At the same time, it highlights the fragility of the system which existed prior to the crisis and has brought programs to their breaking point. Investing in and building a sustainable future for child care programs at this moment, through policy and legislation, is vital to our economic recovery and stabilization of the sector. PennAEYC, as a principal partner of the Start Strong PA advocacy campaign, has advocated at the federal and state levels for investments and policy recommendations to help stabilize the child care sector and prevent the closure of programs, particularly high-quality programs serving subsidized children. Due to the pandemic, our agenda was developed for a one-year time period rather than in alignment with the full 2021-22 legislation session.
PennAEYC will work to achieve the following five public policy goals:
- Increase access to equitable, high-quality, affordable child care for infants and toddlers
- Improve professional supports for the early childhood workforce
- Increase access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs
- Support high-quality experiences in early childhood care and education programs and school districts for children through grade four.
- Explore Development of Early Intervention Policy Agenda and Advocacy Campaign