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
Childhood Begins at Home Coalition
Childhood Begins at Home is a statewide campaign designed to help policymakers and the public understand the value of evidence-based home visiting and effective ways to support parents. In addition to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, campaign partners include Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Maternity Care Coalition, Pennsylvania Head Start Association, Pennsylvania Nurse-Family Partnership, Pennsylvania Parents as Teachers and Trying Together. Campaign partners are encouraging state and federal lawmakers to continue to build on the strong investments they have made in evidence-based home visiting and increase investments to serve many more Pennsylvania children and families who would benefit.
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 the Pre-K for PA website.
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