Early Learning Investment Commissioners convened at the Governor’s Residence October 30th for our annual fall meeting. Governor Wolf addressed the group encouraging us to continue our efforts to raise awareness and support for early learning investments and reiterating his commitment to increasing investments to grow and expand Pennsylvania’s Economy.
We welcomed two new Commissioners – Joshua M. Carney, President of Carney Engineering Group and Kevin Schreiber, President & CEO of the York County Economic Alliance – and 17 Commissioners renewed their three year terms on the Commission.
The American Enterprise Institute’s Katharine Stevens presented her work on the Business Case for Child Care where she explores the broken market factors of inadequate supply as well as barriers to strong demand for high quality care and education.
Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Suzann Morris, made a powerful presentation about the economic impact of early learning services and about the system reforms underway at OCDEL that are designed to increase access to high quality care and education for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children and families.
Commissioners also adopted a new strategic plan, appointed a new executive committee and heard an early learning budget update. We had a celebratory send off for our beloved Gina Langley who has moved on to pursue new adventures.