Reports and Fact Sheets

By Subject: Child Welfare | Early Childhood Education | Home Visiting | K-12 Education | Maternal and Child Health | Prenatal-to-Age-Three | KIDSCOUNT State of the Child

Child Welfare Reports and Fact Sheets

Kinship Care in Pennsylvania: Creating an Equitable System for Families – February 2021
Cover Image: Kinship Care in Pennsylvania: Creating an Equitable System for Families – February 2021

Kinship Care in Pennsylvania: Creating an Equitable System for Families – February 2021


Family connections that help children and youth thrive, provide identity and security, and tie them to culture and traditions are necessary for the heathy development of every child.

This report makes recommendations for ensuring that when children or youth must be removed from the home, they remain with kin — family or friends they know and trust — to reduce the trauma of removal by providing continuity of care and connections to their family and community, ultimately improving outcomes for the children down the road.

Report: 2020 State of Child Welfare: Protecting Children and Promoting Stable Families in PA
Cover Image: Report: 2020 State of Child Welfare: Protecting Children and Promoting Stable Families in PA

Report: 2020 State of Child Welfare: Protecting Children and Promoting Stable Families in PA


In an effort to improve Pennsylvania’s child welfare system, our 11th annual State of Child Welfare – a five-year analysis of how Pennsylvania fares with practices around child safety, placement and permanency – outlines policy recommendations aimed at improving the system and includes county-level data and statewide and geographic trends. In addition, this year’s report analyzes racial disparity and disproportionality across the child population.

Fact Sheet: How Policymakers Can Ensure Foster Youth Successfully Transition to Adulthood
Cover Image: Fact Sheet: How Policymakers Can Ensure Foster Youth Successfully Transition to Adulthood

Fact Sheet: How Policymakers Can Ensure Foster Youth Successfully Transition to Adulthood


This is the third fact sheet from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children and Juvenile Law Center in a series focusing on Transition Age Youth. With the first two showcasing that the Commonwealth is well-positioned to strengthen policy and practice in the child welfare system for older youth, now is the time to act and ensure we are fostering successful youth transitions into permanency and adulthood.

Early Childhood Education Reports and Fact Sheets

Cover Image: The Results Are In: Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts Program Makes a Big Difference – March 2021

The Results Are In: Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts Program Makes a Big Difference – March 2021


This brief summarizes results from an analysis conducted by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill that includes two studies looking exclusively at Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts program, and also highlights recent research from across the country showing the benefits of pre-k, and calls for frequent and independent reviews of the efficacy of the Pre-K Counts program, similar to what is done in other states.

Cover Image: Local Fact Sheets & Mapping: Child Care in Pennsylvania 2020

Local Fact Sheets & Mapping: Child Care in Pennsylvania 2020


Start Strong PA believes every child deserves an equal opportunity to a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn and succeed. Start Strong PA is calling on Pennsylvania policymakers to focus on the most important years of a child’s development.

See County, State or House district maps showing the percent of children under 5 participating in the Child Care Works subsidized child care program who are NOT receiving care in a high-quality program.

After completing your search, you can also print a fact sheet.

Cover Image: Local Fact Sheets & Mapping: Pre-K in Pennsylvania – 2020

Local Fact Sheets & Mapping: Pre-K in Pennsylvania – 2020


Access to high-quality pre-k is a fundamental building block of our state’s education system. In our role as a principal partner of the Pre-K for PA campaign, we annually update this mapping feature to help all Pennsylvanians learn more about this vital early learning experience in their local area.

Use it to search by House or Senate district, by school district or county, and this year a school district map showing the percentage of capacity that is high-quality is now available. 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.

Home Visiting

Home Visiting Resources


Evidence-based home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents and others raising children look for help. Far too many of Pennsylvania’s youngest children live in poverty and experience poor education and health outcomes. Voluntary home visiting programs help parents and others raising children with the supports necessary to improve health, safety, literacy and family self-sufficiency. During home visits, nurses or other trained professionals visit with women, families and children – some as early as pregnancy to promote positive birth outcomes – to provide parent education and support, ultimately promoting child health, well-being, learning and development.

K-12 Education Reports and Fact Sheets

Cover Image: Fact Sheet: PA Schools Work: Career and Technical Education (CTE) – March 2021

Fact Sheet: PA Schools Work: Career and Technical Education (CTE) – March 2021


Career and technical education (CTE) is a critical part of delivering the quality education students deserve from their public schools. However, a lack of sustained investments in CTE funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Cover Image: Report: Setting the Standard for Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania – September 2020

Report: Setting the Standard for Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania – September 2020


Career and Technical Education: Setting the Standard in Pennsylvania, explores how CTE funding is structured in other states and makes recommendations for how Pennsylvania can set the standard for education to workforce preparedness, while acknowledging the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cover Image: Fact Sheet: PA Schools Work: Career and Technical Education (CTE) – March 2020

Fact Sheet: PA Schools Work: Career and Technical Education (CTE) – March 2020


Career and technical education (CTE) is a critical part of delivering the quality education students deserve from their public schools. However, a lack of sustained investments in CTE funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Maternal and Child Health Reports and Fact Sheets

Cover Image: Fact Sheets: Medicaid & CHIP Connect Kids to Health Care in Every PA Community – January 2021

Fact Sheets: Medicaid & CHIP Connect Kids to Health Care in Every PA Community – January 2021

Across Pennsylvania, from our rural communities to our urban centers, kids rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for their comprehensive health insurance, including more than 1.1 million children enrolled in Medicaid and more than 179,000 children enrolled in CHIP. The three fact sheets in this series show enrollment by Congressional District, State House District and State Senate District.

Cover Image: Report: State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania – 2020

Report: State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania – 2020


This report sets forth a robust public policy agenda that child health care advocates, medical professionals and policymakers can use to maintain and strengthen the ability of Pennsylvania children to access a full spectrum of medical care. Working together we can give children the key to achieving life-long learning and future success, because no child should be locked out of a healthy childhood.

Cover Image: Fact Sheet: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Visits and Childhood Immunizations in Pennsylvania – September 2020

Fact Sheet: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Visits and Childhood Immunizations in Pennsylvania – September 2020


There are 14 vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough. Infectious diseases in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic would be dangerous. Parents can act now to call their pediatrician and ensure their child is up to date on routine vaccinations!

Prenatal-to-Age-Three Reports and Fact Sheets

Cover Image: Fact Sheet: Overview of Pennsylvania’s Prenatal-to-Age-Three Policy Agenda – March 2021

Fact Sheet: Overview of Pennsylvania’s Prenatal-to-Age-Three Policy Agenda – March 2021


This overview details the policy areas of focus of Pennsylvania’s prenatal-to-age-three collaborative, which consists of nonprofit, community and state partners across early care and education and maternal and child health interests.

Cover Image: Flyer: Pennsylvania’s Babies and Toddlers More Likely to NOT Have Health Insurance – March 2021

Flyer: Pennsylvania’s Babies and Toddlers More Likely to NOT Have Health Insurance – March 2021


No baby or toddler should go without health insurance, and keeping kids covered is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania must do more for our youngest children.

Advocates and providers must work together to educate families and the public about their free or low-cost, affordable options for health insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and encourage policymakers to keep the programs strong.

Cover Image: Flyer: Signing Up for Health Insurance for Your Baby or Toddler – March 2021

Flyer: Signing Up for Health Insurance for Your Baby or Toddler – March 2021


For children to have the healthiest start possible, they need to be insured as early as possible. By age 3, children should have 12 well-child visits, according to the schedule set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

These regular, preventive visits to the doctor or pediatrician are important to track a child’s growth and development, to provide immunizations and to identify and address delays or concerns. Sign up for health care coverage today!

Cover Image: Flyer: Inscríbite hoy para tener seguro médico – Marzo 2021

Flyer: Inscríbite hoy para tener seguro médico – Marzo 2021


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Cover Image: Fact Sheet: Toxic Lead: Candidates for PA State Office Must Act to Protect Children – March 2021

Fact Sheet: Toxic Lead: Candidates for PA State Office Must Act to Protect Children – March 2021


Lead is toxic. There is no safe level of lead exposure – even the smallest amount can damage a child’s ability to learn – and children are most at-risk of lead’s toxicity.

According to the CDC, children are commonly exposed to lead from hand-to-mouth activities involving contaminated dust and soils around older homes that contain lead-based paint or from eating paint chips that contain lead. 

KIDSCOUNT State of the Child

State of the Child 2020


The statewide profile compares statistics across Rural, Rural-Mix, Urban and Urban-Mix counties, and you can also view definitions and data sources for additional context. Click on page to see county statistics.