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.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
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.
Our Leadership in Action Program is designed to offer opportunities for early care and education programs to be advocates, whether you have been raising your voice for years or are considering it for the first time. Programs participating in Leadership in Action will receive gift cards based on the type and level of engagement chosen.
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.
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.