Happy New Year!
Every January the new year provides an opportunity for a fresh start. It is also a chance to renew our commitment to our shared goal of increasing access to high-quality early learning for Pennsylvania’s children. We know that not enough PA children have access to high quality pre K and quality child care that are critical to their educational growth and the building blocks for success in life. Because of our shared commitment and the leadership of many at the policy level, PA has seen an increase in state funding to support these critical programs, but we know there is more work to be done.
We are looking forward to an exciting year of work ahead to meet our goals. We know that we can make a tremendous positive impact for PA’s children this year, we are excited to partner with you in this effort throughout 2018.
City of Pittsburgh Invests in Early Learning
At the end of 2017 the City of Pittsburgh, led by members of Pittsburgh City Council, approved a $2 million investment in early learning to provide grants to support high quality early learning across the city. This legislation underscores the importance of public investment in high quality early learning and showcases what innovation is possible by our elected leaders at the local level.
Commission Member Bill Isler published an Op Ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lauding the City’s efforts and thanking the many community stakeholders who fought for this increased investment.
You can read the Isler Op Ed here.
Mark Your Calendars: 10th Anniversary Economic Summit
On May 7, 2018 we’ll be celebrating 10 years of working to increase access to high quality early learning at our annual Economic Summit. This year’s program has a line-up of great speakers focused on the science, economics, and policy that drive high quality early learning for children.
We’ll be recognizing some distinguished Pennsylvanians that have contributed greatly to building PA’s early learning system over the past 10 years. The program is sure to engage and inspire, whether you’re new to this issue or you’ve been at it for longer than we have. The event will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton.
Center for American Progress: The Child Care for Working Families Act
Forbes: At this pioneering company, its ok to bring your baby to work