Building on the shared belief that all children should have the opportunity to enter school ready to succeed, a broad coalition of organizations launched the Pre-K for PA campaign in 2014. The campaign set out to make pre-k a priority issue in the gubernatorial and legislative elections, advocating increased access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for all Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year olds.
The campaign grew quickly and was embraced by individuals and organizations across the state who believe investing in our children is the right choice and an urgent necessity. Today, our ranks include more than 130 Leadership Council members, 600 supporting organizations, and nearly 16,000 grassroots advocates. Pre-K for PA will work tirelessly until the commonwealth makes high-quality early learning accessible to each of our youngest learners. But we need your support and your voice to make it happen. We hope you will join us!
To ensure that all children can enter school ready to succeed by making high-quality pre-k accessible to every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania.
By 2022, every at-risk child will have access to a high-quality pre-kindergarten program and middle-income families will more easily afford these services for their children. To accomplish this goal, Pennsylvania policymakers must invest an additional $440 Million.
Pennsylvania’s early learning advocacy organizations have contributed to Pennsylvania’s progress over the past 10 years in building a comprehensive early childhood system. Their efforts are now coordinated through Early Learning PA (ELPA), a coalition of regional and statewide nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that work together to advance a shared agenda and to advocate on behalf of young children.
Pre-K for PA, an initiative of Early Learning PA, is led by the following 11 founding partner organizations:
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Pre-K for PA's work is possible only through generous contributions from the 1675 Foundation, The Donley Foundation, GE Employees Community Service Fund, The Heinz Endowments, The Lenfest Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, and William Penn Foundation.