Child Care in Pennsylvania: 2018 Local Fact Sheets and Mapping
Nearly 500,000 children under age 5 need child care so their parents can reliably participate in the workforce and financially support their families. Child care provides not only peace of mind to working parents but an opportunity for young children to develop, grow and learn. Research indicates that access to high-quality child care increases the likelihood that children enter school ready to succeed and their parents remain employed.
Pennsylvania’s child care system should strive to meet the comprehensive needs of children and working parents, yet 61 percent of the state’s regulated child care capacity fails to meet high-quality standards. Children living in low-income families are oftentimes eligible for child care subsidies (Child Care Works) that help their parents afford the high cost of child care and reliably participate in the workforce but nearly 71 percent of eligible children are unserved due to lack of adequate public investments. And, more than 65 percent of children receiving subsidies are attending a program that has not met high-quality standards.
Want to learn more about child care in your community? Click on the map and find information about the need for child care and the opportunity children, including those who are eligible for Child Care Works, have in your county, state House or state Senate district. You can also learn more about local providers and print local fact sheets.
High-Quality Pre-K Availability: 2018 Pre-K Local Fact Sheets and Mapping
Access to high-quality pre-k is a fundamental building block of our state’s education system. We first created this resource in 2016, as a partner in the Pre-K for PA Campaign, to help all Pennsylvanians learn more about this vital early learning experience in their local area.
Use the map to search by House or Senate district, or by school district or county. After completing your search, you can also print a fact sheet that includes the number of children served, unmet need, the number of high-quality providers and current capacity.
Not sure where your legislative district or school district is? No problem! Use the search functionality on each map to find them.