Activists Rally for More Funding for Early Childhood Learning Programs

By WCED News

Lawmakers and activists joined together in Harrisburg recently, calling for early childhood learning programs in the state to get better funding.

Start Strong PA is a statewide advocacy campaign to increase access to affordable, high-quality child care for Pennsylvania’s families and their children through policy and investment, starting with infants and toddlers. Start Strong PA is connected to Early Learning PA (ELPA), a broad-based coalition that advocates access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all Pennsylvania children.

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.

Listen to Senator Costa.