February 7, 2018

PA Governor’s 2018–2019 Budget Proposal Aligns with our Public Policy Agenda

Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018-2019 budget proposal with increased investments for young children is being applauded by principal partners of the Pre-K for PA and Early Learning PA campaigns including the Southwestern Pennsylvania-based non-profit Trying Together.

The proposal includes:

  • $40 MIL for Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program;
  • $6.5 MIL for evidence-based home visiting programs; $10 MIL for child care subsidy;
  • $10 MIL for increased tiered reimbursement rates for Keystone STAR two, three, and four child care providers;
  • $3 MIL for high-quality child care programs serving infants and toddlers; and
  • $14 MIL for early intervention to continue to support current programs.

Executive Director Cara Ciminillo says these proposed investments align with the Trying Together 2017–2018 Public Policy Agenda.

“One of our [public policy] agenda positions is to ‘invest adequately’ in order to increase access to high-quality infant and toddler care and pre-kindergarten classrooms. This includes providing resources for child care providers to improve and maintain quality. If the Governor’s pre-k budget proposal is approved by the state legislature, 4,400 more children, along with their families and providers, will benefit from these investments.”

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