Child Welfare Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
PPC annually compiles data for the State of Child Welfare 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.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a pivotal developmental stage as young people learn the skills needed to be healthy and productive adults. This process can be complicated for youth with foster care experience.
Early Learning Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
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. 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.
- 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.
Health Care Reports and Fact Sheets
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.
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.
- Report (2019)
- Statewide Fact Sheet (2019)
- What Home Visiting Models Operate in Your County?
- Report References and Data Sources
- Fact Sheet Data Table
- Fact Sheet Methodology and Sources
Evidence-based home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents and others raising children need help. Far too many of Pennsylvania’s youngest children are at risk of child abuse and neglect, live in poverty, and experience poor education and health outcomes.
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.