The Pennsylvania state budget has come to a close and early childhood education received a great investment to send thousands of PA kids to Pre-K and Head Start!
The 2018-19 spending plan included the following expanded investments into early learning:
- Increases Pre-K Counts investment by $20 million
- Increases investments in Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program by $5 million
- Increases investment in Child Care Services by $6.8 million
- New investment in home visiting programs of $6.735 million
The Pre-K for PA Campaign, of which UWP is a principal partner, issued the following statement in regards to the investments:
“Governor Wolf, along with Republican and Democrat legislators made a wise investment in Pennsylvania’s early education system and clearly prioritized our state’s youngest learners in this budget. While the 2018-19 Pennsylvania state budget grew by just 1.7%, leaders in Harrisburg grew high quality pre-k funding by 11%, high quality child care services grew by 4%, and home visiting grew by an impressive and much needed 33%. This year’s budget is testament to the fact that Governor Wolf, along with Republican and Democrat legislators, understand their constituents’ priorities.
“Still, more than 106,000 eligible children do not have access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k due to limited state funding. This budget increase will allow access to thousands of 3- and 4-year-old students in the upcoming school year. It is a step in the right direction, but we still have much work to be done as Pennsylvania lags far behind neighboring states.
“Today, Pennsylvania ranks 18th of the 30 states investing in high-quality, publicly funded pre-k. New Jersey is spending five times more per capita than PA and West Virginia is leaps ahead of us – it has had universal access for pre-k aged kids since 2012. We have to ramp up our investment in the coming years because, as we know, the tens of thousands of kids missing out won’t get a do-over.”
While there is more work to be done, this increased investment will positively impact the lives of many Pennsylvania children and shows the continuing commitment by the Commonwealth to invest in our future generations. This is a win for early learning and a win for PA kids!
United Way of Pennsylvania would like to thank the following legislators for their vote to support Pre-K kids in the 2018-19 budget:
Rep. Bryan Barbin, Rep. Stephen Barrar, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, Rep. Aaron Bernstine, Rep. Ryan Bizzaro, Rep. Kevin Boyle, Rep. Matt Bradford, Rep. Tim Briggs, Rep. Karen Bobck, Rep. Rosemary Brown, Rep. Vanessa Brown, Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Frank Burns, Rep. Tom Caltagirone, Rep. Mike Carroll, Rep. Martin Causer, Rep. Morgan Cephas, Rep. Alexander Charlton, Rep. Jim Christiana, Rep. Bud Cook, Rep. Becky Corbin, Rep. Michael Corr, Rep. Carolyn Comitta, Rep. Scott Conklin, Rep. Paul Costa, Rep. Dom Costa, Rep. Jim Cox, Rep. Angel Cruz, Rep. Lynda Culver, Rep. Bryan Cutler, Rep. Mary Jo Daley, Rep. Margo Davidson, Rep. Austin Davis, Rep. Tina Davis, Rep. Jason Dawkins, Rep. Gary Day, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Daniel Deasy, Rep. Pamela DeLissio, Rep. Sheryl Delozier, Rep. Anthony Deluca, Rep. Frank Dermody, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, Rep. Russ Diamond, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Rep. Matthew Dowling, Rep. Mike Driscoll, Rep. George Dunbar, Rep. Brian Ellis, Rep. Joe Emrick, Rep. Hal English, Rep. Eli Evankovich, Rep. Garth Everett, Rep. Flo Fabrizio, Rep. Frank Farry, Rep. Mindy Fee, Rep. Robert Freeman, Rep. Jonathan Fritz, Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, Rep. Marty Flynn, Rep. Dan Frankel, Rep. Ed Gainey, Rep. John Galloway, Rep. Mark Gillen, Rep. Keith Gillespie, Rep. Robert Godshall, Rep. Neal Goodman, Rep. Keith Greiner, Rep. Seth Grove, Rep. Kevin Haggerty, Rep. Marcia Hahn, Rep. Mike Hanna, Rep. Patrick Harkins, Rep. Kate Harper, Rep. Jordan Harris, Rep. Doyle Heffley, Rep. Susan Helm, Rep. Tim Hennessey, Rep. David Hickernell, Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, Rep. Rich Irvin, Rep. Lee James, Rep. Barry Jozwiak, Rep. Warren Kampf, Rep. Aaron Kaufer, Rep. Rob Kauffman, Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, Rep. Dawn Keefer, Rep. Fred Keller, Rep. Mark Keller, Rep. William Keller, Rep. Patty Kim, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Brian Krikland, Rep. Kate Klunk, Rep. Jerry Knowles, Rep. Bill Kortz, Rep. Leanne Kreuger-Braneky, Rep. Anita Kulik, Rep. John Lawrence, Rep. Harry Lewis, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, Rep. Maureen Madden, Rep. John Maher, Rep. Zachary Mako, Rep. David Maloney, Rep. Joe Markosek, Rep. Jim Marshall, Rep. Ron Marscio, Rep. Kurt Masser, Rep. Robert Matzie, Rep. Steve McCarter, Rep. Joanna McClinton, Rep. Jeanne McNeill, Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, Rep. Steven Mentzer, Rep. Carl Metzgar, Rep. David Millard, Rep. Brett Miller, Rep. Dan Miller, Rep. Dan Moul, Rep. Gerald Mullery, Rep. Tom Murt, Rep. Mark Mustio, Rep. Ed Neilson, Rep. Eric Nelson, Rep. Ted Nesbit, Rep., Michale O’Brien, Rep. Tim O’Neal, Rep. Bernie O’Neill, Rep. Donna Oberlander, Rep. Jason Ortitay, Rep. Clint Owlett, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Rep. Michale Peifer, Rep. Joseph Petrarca, Rep. Tina Pickett, Rep. Jeff Pyle, Rep. Thomas Quigley, Rep. Chris Quinn, Rep. Marguerite Quinn, Rep. Chris Rabb, Rep. Jack Rader, Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, Rep. Harry Readshaw, Rep. Dave Reed, Rep. Mike Reese, Rep. Eric Roe, Rep. James Roebuck, Rep. Greg Rothman, Rep. Mark Rozzi,Rep. Rick Saccone, Rep. Chris Sainato, Rep. Steve Samuelson, Rep. Thomas Sankey, Rep. James Santora, Rep. Stan Saylor, Rep. Mike Scholossberg, Rep. Peter Schweyer, Rep. Justin Simmons, Rep. Brian Sims, Rep. Pam Snyder, Rep. Jared Solomon, Rep. Curt Sonney, Rep. Craig Staats, Rep. Todd Stepehns, Rep. Mike Sturla, Rep. Helen Tai, Rep. John Taylor, Rep. Curtis Thomas, Rep. Mike Tobash, Rep. Marcy Toepel, Rep. Tarah Toohil, Rep. Jesse Topper, Rep. Mike Turzai, Rep. Greg Vitali, Rep. Emilio Vazquez, Rep. Justin Walsh, Rep. Judy Ward, Rep. Ryan Warner, Rep. Perry Warren, Rep. Katharine Watson, Rep. Parke Wentling, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Rep. Jeff Wheeland, Rep. Martina White, Rep. Rosita Youngblood, Rep. David Zimmerman
Sen. Rich Alloway, Sen. Dave Argall, Sen. Ryan Aument, Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, Sen. John Blake, Sen. Lisa Boscola, Sen. Jim Brewster, Sen. Michele Brooks, Sen. Pat Browne, Sen. Jake Corman, Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. John DiSanto, Sen. Andrew Dinniman, Sen. Larry Farnese, Sen. Mike Folmer, Sen. Wayne Fontana, Sen. John Gordner, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, Sen. Arthur Haywood, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Sen. Thomas Killion, Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Sen. Daniel Laughlin, Sen. Daylin Leach, Sen. Scott Martin, Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, Sen. Bob Mensch, Sen. John Rafferty, Sen. Mike Regan, Sen. Gary Reschenthaler, Sen. John Sabatina, Sen. Joseph Scarnati, Sen. Mario Scavello, Sen. Judy Schwank, Sen. Pat Stefano, Sen. Sharif Street, Sen. Christine Tartaglione, Sen. Robert Tomlinson, Sen. Elder Vogel, Sen. Randy Vulakovich, Sen. Kim Ward, Sen. Don White, Sen. Anthony Williams, Sen. Gene Yaw, and Sen. John Yudichak.