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ICYMI: Marking Progress and Moving Forward – Upcoming Events in Philadelphia and Reading

Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship Conference to Highlight Promising Initiatives

One of early learning’s biggest challenges is developing and retaining a well-qualified workforce. Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the District 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund, presented on a new innovative apprenticeship program at our 10th Anniversary Economic Summit. Now, her organization will host a full day conference in Philadelphia to explore the apprenticeship model as a scalable way to help move the field forward. 
Business leaders, investors and others with an interest in ECE apprenticeships are encouraged to attend this one-day conference on THURSDAY, SEPT. 20th.

 Cheryl Feldman with the District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund presenting at the 2018 Early Learning Economic Summit

You can learn more and REGISTER HERE
ECE apprenticeship tools, resources, workshops and success stories will be available, along with a list of exciting speakers to include:

Mary Alice McCarthy from New America and Marica Cox Mitchell from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, who will present the keynote address on workforce trends, challenges and promising initiatives (such as Power to the Profession) in early childhood education.

Linda Smith from the Bipartisan Policy Institute will provide remarks that position the apprenticeship model in the context of Early Childhood Education policy.

Senator Browne: Progress and Work to Do

Senator Pat Browne, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman for the 2017-18 legislative session and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Early Childhood Education Caucus spoke at the Commission’s 10th Anniversary Early Learning Economic Summit reflecting on 10 years of progress in early learning investments, even during times of financial stress in the state budget.

Senator Browne speaking at the 2018 Early Learning Economic Summit

Browne highlighted the fact that Pennsylvania’s investment in Pre-K, Head Start, and Home Visiting have grown by 95% since 2008, compared to an increase in overall state spending of just 15%. He commended the Commission and all the advocacy groups for their work and continued by saying he’s hopeful that real progress can continue in the years to come.

We know what the solution is. And, the more we do this, the more we expand on what we’re (already) doing and expand on the success we’ve seen over the last ten years…we will soon be able to look through the eyes of every Pennsylvania child and see hope.”

Watch and listen to his full remarks online HERE

Wolf and Legislators Made Smart Investments in Early Learning

Commissioner Bill Lehr, Former chairman of Capital BlueCross, took an opportunity to thank Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly for their bipartisan allocation in the 2018-2019 budget of an additional $66.5 million in early learning programs in a recent guest editorial with PennLive.

“The budget increases confirm our belief in the staying power of early learning and school readiness. With these funds, children will move off child care and Pre-K waiting lists. Parents in areas ravaged by the opioid epidemic will receive Home Visiting services that strengthen their capacities to care for their children. More young children will access Early Intervention, helping them overcome developmental and learning delays.”

Read the full editorial on HERE

The Power to Grow: A Critical Need for Child Care in the Commonwealth

Commissioner Norman Rich with Carey Harris on the Newsradio 1070 WKOK “On the Mark” program discussing the Commission’s paper titled “The Power to Grow”

Executive Director Carey Harris joined commissioner and former CEO of Weis Markets, Norman Rich, on Newsradio 1070 WKOK’s “On the Mark” program to discuss the critical need for child care across the commonwealth. Highlighting the paper titled “The Power to Grow,” which was released by the commission in April using new data from PA Partnerships for Children, Harris and Rich talked with host Mark Lawrence about how this issue impacts the workforce of today and tomorrow.

Mark Lawrence asked the guests, “What’s at stake here?”

We miss a huge opportunity,” says Harris. “I think as every employer in Pennsylvania and across the country will tell you, everybody is worried about their workforce. We have a very short-term workforce problem, as the workforce is tightening; unemployment is at some of its lowest levels in a long time. So short-term, we have a need to get people into the workforce, but long-term we want to make sure our workforce is prepared for the challenges that we don’t even understand yet.”

Rich is also a member of the Early Learning Investment Committee of the Susquehanna River Region, a regional group and partner of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission.

You can hear the full interview online at HERE

(Click on August 20, 2018)

Save the Date: Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce in Berks County

Save the date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for the Early Learning Summit, “Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce,” hosted by the Berks Early Learning Coalition, a regional group and partner of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission.

Dr. Lynn Karoly presenting at the 2018 Early Learning Economic Summit in May

The summit will take place at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Lynn Karoly, senior economist at the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation. Ms. Karoly will share her research examining human capital investments, child welfare policy, child and family well-being and labor markets.

If you are a business leader, Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) board member, higher education partner, elected official or superintendent in the region…you won’t want to miss this event in your community. 

For more information and to register for this FREE summit, click HERE

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