Reports and Fact Sheets

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Child Welfare Reports and Fact Sheets

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

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

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 Learning Reports and Fact Sheets

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.

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.

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.

Health Care Reports and Fact Sheets

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.

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.

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!

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 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

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.

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.

Report: Skilled Workers Needed: Investing in Career and Technical Education – January 2019

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

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.