The economic stimulus bill that authorizes the spending of most of the $3.9 billion in federal CARES Act funding includes $125 million in economic relief for the Commonwealth’s early learning sector, which will be critical in supporting Pennsylvania families returning to work.
A stopgap budget was passed which included level funding for early learning programs for at least the first five months of FY 2020-2021. This will greatly aid in preserving child care and pre-k capacity in the coming months.
All Pennsylvania families will benefit from this agreement. Knowing that our economy depends on working families and working families depend on high-quality child care and early learning, the General Assembly and the Wolf Administration moved in a remarkably bi-partisan fashion toward a deal that will allow Pennsylvania to get back to work when the time is right.
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 19th out of 28 states investing in pre-k, and 95,000 children across the Commonwealth are still missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s time for Harrisburg to make a #BoldMove for pre-k funding. Click on our fact sheet to download and share with early learning supporters.
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.