Why Providers Need Pre-K
Those who are tasked with the important work of educating our youngest learners too often lack the resources needed to do their jobs efficiently and thoroughly. Given that 90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 5, we cannot afford to not invest now.
How Pre-K for PA will Help Providers
Governor Wolf’s proposed funding will support increased training to help early childhood educators do their jobs. When early childhood educators have the resources they need our children already possess the literacy, language, and math skills they need before they arrive in kindergarten.
Resources for Providers
Arguably the one of best all-around research resources, we use this site frequently to see how state pre-k programs compare.
The Reinvestment Fund
Visit this site if you’re interested in a robust child care center map with exact locations and demographic data by zip code and neighborhood.
This site features a useful “what to look for in a program” section, information on NAEYC’s 10 quality program criteria, and search function for accredited programs by geography.
Although this site is largely specific to Philadelphia, it does include broad information about how to choose an early childhood education provider, how to pay (with links to public programs), as well as information on individual programs.
Early learning professionals work every day to offer productive and FUN activities for young learners during their most formative years. We want to help you get the resources you need to serve each student in your classroom. We invite you to download our monthly calendar of themes if you’d like to follow along with us.
We’ll update this page with suggested monthly activities, social media posts, and dates of interest. You are welcome to use our suggestions or you can always add your own creative spin!
Developmentally appropriate activities: Click here to download suggestions for monthly activities aligned with our themes
Communicate with your legislators
Send photos, videos, and updates to your representatives via social media. We assembled each legislator’s social media profiles (where available) on Facebook and Twitter–you can download the full list here.
- Sign up: to adopt your legislator!
- Look up: your state senator and representative at www.tinyurl.com/palegis by typing in your program’s address in the form.
- Hang up: your monthly theme/activity sheet and keep it in a visible location, like the teacher’s lounge, classroom wall, or cork board.
- Plan it: by committing to an activity for the classroom each month through June. Use our suggested calendar themes or craft your own!
- Document it: by taking photos or videos and share them with your Pre-K for PA field organizer and we’ll feature your updates on Pre-K for PA’s social media sites!
- Send it: along (or drop off) projects and activities to your adopted state legislators each month. Include your own note or use the sample notes we’ll provide to you.
- Invite: your legislators to read to your classroom during Week of the Young Child or anytime!
- Push it: Legislators have busy schedules. While meeting with constituents is important to them, sometimes you have to reach out more than once.
- Give thanks: Periodically recognize and thank your adopted legislator. Extend a personal letter, include an article in the family newsletter or host a small reception for the work he/she has done on behalf of early childhood education.
And don’t miss our other reports and resources on this site from Pre-K for PA and our partner organizations.