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Governor Wolf Proposes $81.2 million in Increased Investment for our Early Learners

In his budget address this week, Governor Wolf set out important spending priorities for increasing investments in young children including:

  • $40 million so that 4,390 additional three and four year olds can attend PreK and Head Start
  • $25 million to help working families afford childcare
  • $4.5 million increas in Pennsylvania’s home visiting programs that work with new parents and their young children, especially those hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.
  • $11.7 million increase in early intervention supports to help an additional 1,100 young children overcome developmental delays and be ready to succeed in school.

Join us in thanking Governor Wolf for making our youngest Pennsylvanians a budget priority.
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Bi-Partisan Senate Budget Deal Includes Big Investments for Children

A bi-partisan budget deal reached in the United State Senate yesterday includes two important early learning investments. First, it re-authorizes the MIECHV program for five years – essential funding for home visiting for at-risk parents and children. Secondly, the budget bill includes $5.8 billion over two years for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program which helps to make childcare affordable for low-wage earning working families.

This budget deal would significantly strengthen Pennsylvania’s early care and education system which relies heavily on these two federal investments. This deal is an important step forward, and will require approval in the U.S. House of Representatives and from the White House.

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Registration for the 10th Anniversary Summit is Open

The 10th Anniversary Summit is scheduled for May 7, 2018 at the Hilton Harrisburg. We have an engaging and informative event that includes great speakers on early learning science, economics, and policy. In addition, we’ll be celebrating distinguished Pennsylvanians who have helped advance early learning over the past decade.

Click here to learn more about the event and our amazing sponsors and to register.

President & CEO of Glatfelter Insurance, Tony Campisi Lays out Great Expectations for Pennsylvania

Commissioner Tony Campisi is our guest blogger this month writing about how increasing our investments in early learning will have an enormous positive impact on Pennsylvania kids and families. “It’s hard to name another policy area where the need is so great, the impact so meaningful and the path forward so clear.” Read more by clicking the link below!

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Like Our New Look?

This newsletter marks the official launch of our new graphic identity and our new website, all aimed at sharing why and how business leaders are working to improve access to high quality early learning opportunities for young children and their families. Please explore our site and share what you learn with others who know that tomorrow’s prosperity depends on our investments in today’s young children.

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Special thanks to our friends at Pittsburgh based C-Leveled for their work on our new look.

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