Start Strong PA Responds to the Enacted FY 2019-20 State Budget

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.

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Early Education Is a Game Changer: New Report Shows That Reaching Infants and Toddlers Reduces Special Education Placement, Leads to Soaring Graduation Rates


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.

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NewsLissa Geiger Shulman
Activists Rally for More Funding for Early Childhood Learning Programs

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.

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Start Strong PA Responds to Governor's Budget

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.

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Child Care Advocates Ask for Bigger Cut of State Budget

It is budget season in Harrisburg and while lawmakers set spending priorities, advocates for many causes are squeaking for more money.

Start Strong PA, as a coalition of early childhood advocacy groups is known, was one among them last week. The nonprofit group led a press conference Tuesday seeking additional money to expand Child Care Works, the state's subsidized child care program that offers subsidies toward free and low-cost child care for low income workers.

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NewsJosh Cartwright
Child care costs a lot, pays little, is hard to find

By Eric Scicchitano
The Daily Item

It's more expensive to send a child to day care than it is to pay the cost of tuition at a state system university.

Pennsylvanians pay on average $10,681 annually for full-time care at child care centers and $8,161 at in-home settings for children from newborns through preschool, according to data collected in 2017 by Child Care Aware of America, the latest available from the nonprofit advocacy group.

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