Governor Wolf proposed $30 million in new funding for high-quality pre-k ($25 million Pre-K Counts and $5 million Head Start Supplemental Assistance) in his 2020-21 proposed budget.
Governor Wolf deserves to be acknowledged for his continuous support of expanded access to publicly-funded high-quality pre-k. If approved, the $30 million in new funding in the the PA Budget will provide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of high-quality pre-k to more than 3,200 young learners. Unfortunately, that still leaves 92,000 without access.
We strongly urge the General Assembly to make a bold move and boost Gov. Wolf’s proposed pre-k investment. By investing now, PA can serve more eligible children and take steps to adjust quality pre-k provider rates for inflation.
A large body of research shows that children who attend high-quality preschool:
- Enter kindergarten with stronger literacy, language, math and social/emotional skills.
- Are less likely to need special education services, less likely to repeat grades, and more likely to graduate and enroll in college.
- Over a lifetime, these young learners will see stronger employment opportunities and increased earning potential.
- Are less likely to commit juvenile and adult crimes.
This interactive review at the Pennsylvania House, Senate and school district levels includes local data on children served, unmet need, the number of high-quality providers, current capacity and much more. Not sure where your legislative districts or school district are on the maps? No problem. Use the convenient search functionality on each map to look up your legislators or school district.
Here’s the link for the listing by school district:
The link of the sources and methodology:
Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states that make public investments in high-quality pre-k. This is despite having increased its per capita investment by $30 million for the current fiscal year.
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 Philadelphia Foundation, and William Penn Foundation.