Brains are the most flexible during the first 5 years of life making this period of development critical for lifelong growth and learning. A child’s brain is built prior to them stepping foot into a formal learning environment. Regular positive interactions with consistent caregivers at home or through high-quality early learning opportunities that stimulate all areas of child development are essential to set the groundwork for long-term success in life.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children knows that waiting until kindergarten is too late and that children who receive high-quality early learning experiences demonstrate greater cognitive and social-emotional growth than children who do not have these opportunities. PPC’s work in early learning focuses on high-quality early childhood opportunities designed to ensure children enter school ready to succeed.
Early Learning Policy Goals
- Increase funds for publicly funded, high-quality pre-k.
- Increase the number of at-risk children in high-quality programs, especially infants and toddlers in Child Care Works.
- 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.
- Promote Comprehensive pre-k to K-12 transition policies that emphasize kindergarten readiness and foster relationships between families, teachers, and community partners.
- Ensure the effective operations of Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) programs.
Early Learning Publications
Pre-K for PA
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.
Start Strong PA
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is a partner in the Start Strong PA campaign, which aims to support healthy child development, working families and the economy by increasing access to and affordability of high-quality child care programs for young children.
To learn more, visit: startstrongpa.org.
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