Sunbury Daily Item: Letter to the Editor: Commitment to Early Learning
October 9, 2016

The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has for years stressed the importance of high quality early childhood education as an essential investment in our community’s future. Children who attend are more likely to start school ready to learn and perform better throughout K-12.

I was pleased to join community leaders at Susquehanna Children’s Center a few weeks ago in celebrating the fact more than 100 eligible three- and four-year-olds are enrolled in new Pre-K Counts and Head Start classrooms in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties this fall.

I especially want to thank state leaders like state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, who is a passionate advocate for expanded access to high quality early childhood education, and state Rep. Fred Keller, who has also been a strong supporter of our work in early learning. I hope their commitment to working to increase funding for early learning will inspire other legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf to do the same. There is no better way to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for our communities.

Joanne Troutman,


Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way

See the Letter to the Editor here.