Child Welfare Reports and Fact Sheets
PPC annually compiles State of Child Welfare data to gauge the performance of Pennsylvania’s child welfare system in meeting the needs of the children and families the system serves. We gather comprehensive data for each of the 67 counties, including information on foster care placements, children leaving or re-entering foster care and efforts to reunify children with parents or relatives.
Kinship caregiver navigator programs offer help to families by providing information and referral services to grandparents and other kin raising children who are not known to the child welfare system.
Early Learning Reports and Fact Sheets
- Press Release: 75% of Pennsylvania Voters Favor Increasing Pre-K Funding
- Poll Results
- Poll Highlights
A new poll commissioned by the Pre-K for PA Campaign and conducted by Harper Polling affirms that Pennsylvania voters want policymakers to prioritize and invest in access to pre-k. In fact, 75 percent of likely voters support increasing funding to expand access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten.
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.
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.
Pre-K Works, So Why Not PA shows Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states that make public investments in high-quality, publicly funded pre-k, despite having increased its per capita investment by $30 million for the current fiscal year. Presently only 39 percent of eligible children in Pennsylvania benefit from the opportunity.
Health Care Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
PPC annually compiles “State of Children’s Health Care” data to track children’s health care in Pennsylvania as it relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has monitored changes of those health indicators over a baseline year of 2010.
The School-Based ACCESS Program helps to fund early intervention and special education programs across Pennsylvania. These programs provide medically necessary health-related services to kids with disabilities who are Medicaid eligible. Pennsylvania schools received over $157.5 million in Medicaid reimbursement during the 2015-2016 school year.
Today, Medicaid covers more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania children and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serves more than 181,000 kids. Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for children living in low-income families and children living in and aging out of foster care. In addition, Medicaid serves as secondary insurance for children with disabilities living in higher income families.
Young adults who have aged out of the foster care system are at high risk for experiencing homelessness, lack of physical and behavioral health care, unemployment and other adverse situations. Under the Affordable Care Act, states are required to assure continued access to Medicaid and health care services until the youth reaches his or her 26th birthday. Implementation of this important option for vulnerable youth, however, has lagged in Pennsylvania as well as other states. While the Department of Human Services (DHS) has begun to address this issue, we believe additional strategies would further increase enrollment and thereby access to health care.
A nurturing childhood leads to a strong, productive adult who will contribute great things to our society. But let’s face it, raising children is challenging and difficult even in the best situations. Home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents need help. 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.
K-12 Education Reports and Fact Sheets
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.