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PA Early Learning Investment Commission Welcomes New Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission announces the appointment of Andrea Heberlein as Executive Director. The Commission was created by an Executive Order in 2008 for the purpose of mobilizing business leaders across Pennsylvania to secure support for investments in early learning.

Before joining the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, Andrea served as the Vice President of Strategic Impact for United Way of Lancaster County, where she helped to lead and support community initiatives focused on improving the educational, health, and financial outcomes for children, youth, and adults. Under her leadership, United Way of Lancaster County was recognized nationally and statewide for unprecedented increases in health and social service collaboration and innovative place-based strategies related to social determinants of health.

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Andrea has an extensive background and experience around community-building work, service coordination for adults with disabilities, community systems development for children with disabilities, and directing a NAEYC accredited, Keystone Star 4, early childhood learning center. She currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Lancaster County Homeless Coalition, Board of Directors for Hunger-Free Lancaster, Advisory Council for Nurse-Family Partnership, and as Co-chair of the Education Action Team for the Lancaster Coalition to Combat Poverty.

Andrea received her Master of Social Work degree from Millersville University, where she is also an adjunct professor for social work classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a 2018 Policy Fellow alumni under the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and a 2019 graduate of the United Way Worldwide Leadership Program.

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission has 58 members, all senior business leaders from across the Commonwealth, representing many of Pennsylvania’s leading industries. It informs thousands of business and civic leaders annually about the critical importance of preparing all young children with the knowledge and skills required for success.