Pre-K for PA applauds the $60 million state funding increase for Pre-K Counts and $10 million increase for Head Start Supplemental Assistance as proposed by Gov. Wolf in the 2022-23 state budget. This funding continues the commonwealth’s tradition and Gov. Wolf’s unwavering commitment of expanding access to high-quality pre-k. This $70 million proposal expansion could provide this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to more than 2,300 additional young learners.
Research shows that high-quality pre-k benefits children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and confirms the commonwealth’s investment in pre-k pays dividends for the children fortunate enough to access it. This investment is not only essential for our children, but high-quality early education supports labor force participation, healthy families and a globally competitive workforce of the future. By increasing pre-k access and opening the door to more families, our economic recovery reaps the benefits.
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.
Pre-K for PA now urges the legislature to include the full $70 million for high-quality pre-k in the state budget— Pennsylvania’s youngest learners depend on it.
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.
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State policymakers should help Pennsyivania families maximize the potential of the first five years by supporting evidence-based, high-quality early care, education and health services. Doing so will strengthen our Commonwealth’s children, families, and our future.
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.