Media & News
By: Lydia Kiesling
The New York Times
I am typing this from inside an indoor playground in Portland. We are new to town, it’s the tail end of summer and my 4-year-old daughter can’t start her new preschool until next week. It’s also raining, and our house is full of boxes. We took a bus here and paid $11 to enter, and I am now in the awkward semiconscious state of the working parent without child care: looking down to try and remember what I wanted to write; looking up to determine whether the piercing scream is my child, or just my child’s fault. I will not make my deadline, but my daughter will be spared a gloomy afternoon inside the house, and I will be spared the guilt of letting her watch TV all day while I try to earn money.
By KEVIN MAHNKEN
Access to early-childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. The report synthesizes evidence of the lasting, long-term benefits of high-quality preschool programs, which have often been dismissed as transient.
By WCED News
Senator Jay Costa and other speakers at the kick-off rally spoke about the importance of putting adequate funding behind early childhood education.
According to the speakers, prioritizing spending on early-learning programs will save the commonwealth long-term costs because children are better prepared to graduate school on time and are well positioned to enter the workforce with good paying jobs.
Advisories & Releases
The FY 2019-20 budget agreement allocated $27 million in new federal resources to expand subsidized child care in Pennsylvania and invest in quality improvements to the system. Start Strong PA stands with state policymakers in its firm belief that this is an example of a budget that “funds what works” and helps “put Pennsylvanians to work”. However, these federal gains in the child care line items were offset by a $36 million reduction in state funding which was replaced with federal dollars.
Start Strong PA observed the 2019-20 PA budget as an important down payment to ensure all infants and toddlers learn, grow, and succeed. The following statement was issued by the ten principal partners leading Start Strong PA, a campaign to ensure that children across the state can access affordable, high-quality child care programs during the most critical period of brain development, the first three years of life.
Today, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Start Strong PA hosted its launch event at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where approximately 75 early childhood advocates including state legislators, professionals, and families with children in child care were in attendance.
By Kendra Aucker
Wanted: Physical therapy assistants, $52,000 average salary. Respiratory therapists, $56,000. Registered nurses, $69,000.
Health care is bursting with opportunities. From hospital systems to home health providers to nursing communities, Pennsylvania health care businesses demand dedicated, highly qualified staff, equipped to show up every day and deliver high-quality care and ever-improving outcomes.
What’s standing in our way? In addition to the supply of skilled workers in specialty clinical roles, a lack of accessible, affordable, high-quality child care for infants and toddlers, and it’s not a problem for health care alone.
By John King & Myra Jones Taylor
The Hechinger Report
We must improve the odds for babies and toddlers, especially those who aren't white.
More than 10,000 babies will be born in the United States today, each with infinite potential.
By Julia Klein, Chairwoman & CEO of CH Briggs Co.
Investing in our young children is not hard. It's not soft. It's not complicated. It's not partisan. It's not up to someone else. It's an imperative backed by decades of research.