A child’s earliest years are a critical period of brain development that lays the foundation for cognitive growth as well as social and emotional development. High-quality early learning programs can help during this crucial time, especially for low-income children, by boosting school performance and self-sufficiency over a lifetime.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s work in early learning focuses on high-quality child care, pre-kindergarten, and home visiting programs designed to ensure children enter school ready to succeed. Creating the foundation for a solid start makes all the difference in the life of a child.
Early Learning Policy Goals
- Ensure the availability of high-quality child care for at-risk children.
- Ensure the health and safety of children in child care settings and improve child care quality.
- Increase the number of children enrolled in high-quality, publicly-funded pre-k.
- Promote comprehensive pre-k to K-12 transition policies that emphasize kindergarten readiness and foster relationships between families, teachers and community partners.
- Monitor investments and policies that support the inclusion of children with developmental delays and disabilities in high-quality early learning programs and provide ongoing supports to parents and providers.
- Ensure the effective operations of OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning) programs.
- Increase the availability of evidence-based home visiting strategies to strengthen families and meet the comprehensive needs of infants and young children at highest risk.
Early Learning Publications
Pre-K for PA Campaign
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is a principal partner of the Pre-K for PA campaign. Building on the shared belief that all children should have the opportunity to enter school ready to succeed, a broad coalition of organizations launched the Pre-K for PA campaign in 2014. The campaign makes pre-k a priority issue in the gubernatorial and legislative elections, advocating increased access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for all of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year olds.
To learn more, visit: prekforpa.org.
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