PA pre-K advocates back governor’s funding boost to expand access

Recent data on pre-K education in Pennsylvania revealed much work remains to improve investments in pre-K education in the state. In Pennsylvania, about 54% of eligible 3- and 4-year-olds, or about 78,000 kids, do not have access to pre-K. The Pre-K for PA campaign is asking lawmakers to boost funding in the fiscal budget as the June […]

With Allegheny County and Pa. desperate for more pre-k teachers, Gov. Shapiro’s budget proposal offers some hope

For equivalent experience and credentials, kindergarten teachers and elementary school teachers make double that of a preschool teacher. On top of that, they can earn much more generous health and PTO benefits, said Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. “Historically, there’s always been a lack of investments in the field, especially […]

Pa. seeks to boost kids’ health coverage with Medicaid waiver

“We were pushing the administration pretty heavily starting about this time last year” to apply for a waiver to give kids multi-year Medicaid enrollment,” said Becky Ludwick, vice president for policy at the PA Partnerships for Children. “Pennsylvania is one of about ten states now that have gotten or are seeking this,” Ludwick said, and […]

Loss of child care providers in region: ‘That’s crisis-level’

Early childhood education and child care across the region remains in flux, data indicate. Roughly 17 providers in Cambria County and two in Somerset County closed from 2019 through 2023, said Jen DeBell, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children. Those numbers were determined by comparing pre-COVID-19 pandemic numbers to […]

The system leaves foster care youth behind. A West Virginia nonprofit wants to change that.

Statewide data from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children paints a clear yet troubling picture. Among young adults with foster care experience in 2021, nearly a quarter did not have stable housing, almost half did not have part-time or full-time employment and only 25% had post-secondary enrollment.  Independent living services, such as vocational training, tuition aid and housing vouchers, […]

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