April 17, 2018

Capitol Visibility Effort to Highlight Existing Need for High-Quality Pre-K Education in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Trying Together staff and advocates will travel to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg this April to bring attention to the unmet needs of young children statewide for Month of The Young Child.

Currently, 106,000 income-eligible 3 and 4-year-olds lack access to publicly funded pre-k programs throughout the Commonwealth.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 constituents will visit with State Legislators and ask visitors to decorate paper stacking blocks in the East Wing Rotunda.

“Everyone has an early care or education story to tell,” said Trying Together Executive Director Cara Ciminillo. “As principal members of the Pre-K for PA Campaign, we are committed to bringing those stories to policymakers’ attention to ensure every child attends a high-quality pre-k program and enters kindergarten ready to succeed.”

Participants will be able to add Polaroids, draw pictures, write their stories, and decorate with stickers on the blocks. The blocks will then be stacked to visually represent the expansive impact early childhood programs have on constituents. To learn more about Month of The Young Child events hosted by Trying Together (formerly The Pittsburgh Association for The Education of Young Children, a.k.a. PAEYC) visit

Those interested in joining other legislative visits should submit a form at

Photo Credit: Ben Filio

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Female college student decorating paper block.