JANUARY 26, 2022
Pennsylvania is at a crossroads with the advent of new policy makers. New leadership at state and federal levels will affect how young children experience homelessness. Will you join our campaign to convince the candidates to support vulnerable young children?
The Children Cannot Wait Campaign asks Pennsylvania’s Gubernatorial and US Senate candidates: If elected, would you strengthen the ties between the homeless housing and education systems to support Pennsylvania’s 29,000 young homeless children?
By signing up, we will add your name to the growing list of supporters, engage you with updates as we make progress, and invite you to the Zoom meeting with early childhood education and homeless service leaders from across the state that we are proposing the candidates attend.
The letter we sent read:
Join our campaign and ask your network of colleagues to join us.
The Children Cannot Wait Campaign is the result of the Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) Summit organized by PEC in September 2021. In 2022, Pennsylvania voters will elect a new Governor and new United States Senator. We are asking ourselves ‘Will those elected policymakers support young children experiencing homelessness? Will the newly elected representatives build upon the policies and funding that support young homeless children, or reverse progress?’
We want to be proactive and convince the candidates to publicly support young children experiencing homelessness before they get elected.
Over the past five years, early childhood education and homeless housing systems have been improving how they coordinate services in support of young children experiencing homelessness and working together to eliminate barriers to accessing services. While many good policies have been implemented, and leadership in several counties are forging links between systems serving young children experiencing homelessness, there are still too many children who are homeless who are not benefiting. No one is satisfied with stalling at progress to date. There is still much work to be done.
To listen to the BELL Summit presenters and view their PowerPoints visit BELL SUMMIT - PEOPLE'S EMERGENCY CENTER (pec-cares.org)
For more information, contact us at email@example.com
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