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Early Learning Fast Facts
  • With 68 percent of parents working outside the home, safe, reliable child care is critical to our economy. Child care subsidy is one of the most effective economic supports for low-income families who are on the path to self-sufficiency and is a critical component of Pennsylvania's economic recovery. Child Care Works (PA's subsidized child care program for low-income children) serves over 117,000 children each month.
  • High-quality child care is a sound investment in children's development and learning. But only 8.1 percent of child care slots for children birth to 4 years old are in the highest quality programs - achieving Keystone STARS three or four rating or other accreditation.
  • Pennsylvania currently enrolls 12,000 families in one of the four evidenced-based home visiting models. This number represents a small fraction of the total eligible children.
  • High-quality pre-kindergarten is a proven investment – every dollar spent returns up to $17 in reduced crime, education and social services savings, as well as resulting in higher earnings and increased taxes paid in adulthood. But fewer than 20 percent of Pennsylvania's 3- and 4-year-olds have access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k.

A child's earliest years are a critical period of brain development laying the foundation for cognitive growth as well as social and emotional development. 

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s work in early learning focuses on high-quality child care, pre-kindergarten, and home visiting programs designed to assure that children enter school ready to learn and prepared to succeed. 

High-quality early learning programs can help level the playing field, especially for low-income children, by boosting school performance and self-sufficiency over a lifetime. Our work in early childhood is devoted to Pennsylvania's youngest learners and our most vulnerable citizens. Creating the foundation for a solid start makes all the difference in the life of a child.

For more information, please contact PPC Early Learning & K-12 Policy Manager Aaron McMahan at amcmahan@papartnerships.org

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