By Jenny Roberts | May 27, 2022

Lehigh Valley officials and community leaders are calling for increased funding for early child care and pre-kindergarten education to address a worker shortage exacerbated by the pandemic.

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers hosted a discussion Thursday at one of its Allentown locations in partnership with Pre-K for PA and Start Strong PA Campaigns to urge state policymakers to provide an additional $115 million in state and federal child care funding in the 2022-23 Pennsylvania budget. The money would increase the hourly wages of child care workers by $2. Right now, the average child care worker makes less than $11 an hour.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget would keep child care services and assistance funding flat for the third year in a row.

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