Tell PA State Senators and House Members: Increase funding for Pre-K and Head Start!
Governor Wolf proposed a $60 million state funding increase for Pre-K Counts and $30 million increase for Head Start Supplemental Assistance in the 2022-23 state budget, and now the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering how to proceed.
However, the Governor’s budget proposal is an inadequate response to the current childcare crisis. Childcare programs are closing classrooms and entire facilities due to teacher and staff shortages. Childcare staff are overworked and underpaid with the average childcare teacher making less than $11 per hour. Not stabilizing the staff issues and the availability jeopardizes the efforts of Pennsylvania businesses trying to rehire their labor force.
The Governor’s budget proposal does use federal funds to sustain the current fiscal year’s childcare subsidy rate increases, reduce parent co-payments and provide incentives for expanding care outside of traditional business hours. While these steps are important, they are not sufficient, especially since there are no increases in funding for Pennsylvania’s Child Care Services and Child Care Assistance for the third consecutive year.
PEC has joined with Start Strong PA (see https://startstrongpa.org) to urge state policymakers to allocate a portion of the projected year-end surplus of $2.8 billion to address staff recruitment and retention and increase access to quality care for working families, specifically for families with infants and toddlers. We encourage you to do the same. Here's how you can raise your voice on this matter.
Tell both your State Representative and State Senator to:
1. Support Governor Wolf’s proposal of adding $30 million to Head Start/Early Head Start, and
2. Allocate a portion of the projected year-end surplus of $2.8 billion to address staff recruitment and retention and increase access to quality care for working families, specifically for infants and toddlers.
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