2018-19 State Budget Priorities

Putting Kids First in the State Budget

PPC is working tirelessly with several coalitions urging state policymakers to support strong investments in the 2018-19 budget that will benefit the commonwealth’s 2.8 million children.

Here’s what a final state budget that puts kids first would look like.

Home Visiting 

Together with our partners in the Childhood Begins at Home Campaign, PPC is working to educate the public and policymakers about the benefits of evidence-based home visiting for at-risk families and communities and ensure these vital programs receive a $6.5 million increase.

Learn more about evidence-based home visiting in Pennsylvania at www.childhoodbeginsathome.org.

Early Learning

PPC and other principal partners of Pre-K for PA recently released the findings of a poll commissioned by the campaign and conducted by Harper Polling that shows 75 percent of likely voters support increasing funding to expand access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten.

The poll results speak for themselves, and you can find them here: www.prekforpa.org/poll

Now, it’s up to policymakers to support the $40 million for pre-k programs in budget proposal to expand access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k to more than 4,400 new students.  Currently, more than 106,200 eligible children do not have access due to limited state funding.

We also support a $27 million increase for child care in this year’s budget. 

K-12 Education 

One of the most important roles state government plays is to support an adequate and equitable public school funding system. PPC is a member of the PA School Works campaign, which is urging the General Assembly to approve the following increases:  

  • $100 million for basic education funding
  • $20 million for special education funding
  • $10 million for career and technical education funding

Learn more about PA Schools Work.

Now is the time to make your voice heard on why investments in Pennsylvania’s children must be included in the final 2018-19 state budget.