About

Vision

Because every child deserves an equal opportunity to a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn, and succeed, Start Strong PA is calling on Pennsylvanians to focus on the most important years of a child’s development; the first three years of life.

Goals

We must do all we can to give our youngest children access to
high-quality child care that their families can afford.

Actions

Here’s how we believe this can happen:

 
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1. Access and affordability for families

We help every Pennsylvania family with young children by increasing state funds spent to make high-quality child care for children under three years-old affordable.

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2. Sufficient payments for high-quality child care programs

We make sure that infants and toddlers get the consistency in routines and relationships they need for healthy development, by paying providers in ways that reinforce stability.

 
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3. Adequate compensation for early learning professionals

Because every child deserves to grow, learn, and succeed, we must attract, compensate, and retain additional talented adults to become early childhood educators.

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4. oversight, Accountability, and evaluation of the system

Like everything in life, we need the child care system and programs to be efficient
and effective.


Bills we support

 
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Federal Legislation

Child care for working families

Read the Child Care for Working Families House Bill

Read the Child Care for Working Families Senate Bill

The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive public investment that delivers on the science of early learning and advances the current and future workforce. The legislation pairs federal investments with state partnerships to expand access, address affordability, increase quality, and invest in early childhood educators. 

On family access and affordability, the legislation recognized that parents should not have to choose between affordability and quality. The bill ensures that no family earning under 150% of the state median income spends more than seven percent of their income on child care. The bill supports universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all three- and four-year old children living in low- and middle-income families. The bill assists parents with selecting the provider of their choice and improves care during non-traditional hours to help meet the needs of working families.

The bill also recognizes that educators shouldn’t have to subsist on poverty-level wages in order to subsidize the cost of care. Rather, the bill provides for significantly improved compensation, access to higher education, and professional development to ensure that early childhood educators have the support they need to help children succeed.


Promoting Affordable Child Care for Everyone (PACE)

Read the PACE House Bill

Read the PACE Senate Bill

The PACE Act modifies the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to make the credit refundable, increase the amount of the credit, and require that the amount is adjusted for inflation in the future. Additionally, the bill increases the amount of dependent care assistance that can be excluded from an employee’s gross income for tax purposes and adjusts that amount for inflation going forward.


Child Care quality and access

Read the Child Care Quality and Access Bill

The Child Care Quality and Access Act increases spending for the child care entitlement to the states, the mandatory component of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), by $1 billion. 


Economic Mobility

Read the Economic Mobility Bill

The Economic Mobility Act makes several changes to the federal tax code including credits that benefit families with children and families with child and dependent care expenses. The bill makes the existing child tax credit fully refundable for up to $2,000 per child regardless of earned income or Social Security taxes paid.

The bill also changes the child and dependent care tax credit to be fully refundable, in addition to doubling the amount of the credit for a total of $6,000 of eligible expenses for one dependent and $12,000 for two or more dependents. The amount of the credit is also temporarily indexed to the inflation rate. The maximum credit rate is increased to 50% and the phase-out threshold for this credit is adjusted to begin at incomes of $120,000 rather than $15,000. Finally, the bill increases the amount of employer-provided dependent care assistance from $5,000 to $10,500, and the amount is temporarily indexed to the inflation rate.


State Legislation - Coming Soon!