Child Welfare Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
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.
Fact Sheet: Family First Prevention Services Act: An Opportunity to Redefine Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Practices – May 2019
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. This groundbreaking legislation reshapes child welfare funding to promote prevention services for children at imminent risk of out-of-home placement.
Youth want permanency. They need the system to respect their existing family ties and understand the impact of their experiences on their ability to trust and be ready to connect with caring adults.
Early Learning Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
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.
Report: The Road to Success Includes High-Quality Pre-K How Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Investments Compare to Other States – January 2020
This report is the Pre-K for PA Campaign’s third report comparing Pennsylvania’s per-capita investments in pre-k. It shows states with similar political compositions and quality standards are making stronger per capita investments, putting their early learners on the road to success in school and in life at a faster pace than Pennsylvania.
Report: Ready to Succeed: Kindergarten Teachers Support Investments in High-Quality Pre-k – June 2019
Ready to Succeed shows resounding support for high-quality pre-k among those surveyed, with 96 percent of elementary school teachers agreeing that students who attend a high-quality pre-k program are ready for success in kindergarten, and 98 percent agreeing that high-quality, publicly funded pre-k is an important tool for preparing at-risk children for kindergarten.
Health Care Reports and Fact Sheets
Statewide, 42 percent of kids in Pennsylvania depend on Medicaid and CHIP for the health care they need to succeed, with more than 1 million children covered by Medicaid and more than 186,000 covered by CHIP.
The three fact sheets in this series show enrollment by Congressional District, State House District and State Senate District.
A comprehensive report with a clear agenda to strengthen both access and coverage benefits in health care for the Commonwealth’s children, 124,000 of whom are uninsured.
More than 181,000 children in Pennsylvania rely on CHIP for their health care. CHIP offers comprehensive health insurance coverage, which is provided through private insurance companies that have contracts with the commonwealth. Some benefits include: regular doctor visits and well visits, dental, vision and hearing services, prescriptions and mental health benefits.
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide comprehensive health care coverage, including primary and preventative care services, for children living in low-income families and children living in and aging out of foster care.
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 the health, safety, literacy and economic self-sufficiency of the family. 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
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.
Skilled Workers Needed: Investing in Career and Technical Education, released by PPC and the PA Schools Work Campaign, explores the role of career and technical education in supporting Pennsylvania’s economic development.
KIDSCOUNT State of the Child
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.