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Fact Sheet: Supporting Infant and Toddler Early Intervention in Pennsylvania – April 2024

Infant and Toddler EI is a program that provides services to children from birth to 3 years who have a developmental delay or a high probability of having a developmental delay. Also referred to as Part C EI, these services aim to improve outcomes that are critical to a family’s ability to support their child’s health, optimal development, educational success, and lifelong well-being.

Report: State of Early Care and Education in Pennsylvania – August 2023

Pennsylvania’s comprehensive early care and education system spans a child’s formative years, from birth-to-age-5. This report looks deeper at Pennsylvania’s child care and pre-k system complexities and recommends the improvements necessary to ensure the system functions equitably and increases access and affordability for all families in the commonwealth.

Fact Sheet: Supporting Infant and Toddler Early Intervention in Pennsylvania – May 2023

Infant and Toddler EI services are structured to identify and meet the needs of young children in five developmental areas: physical development; cognitive development; communication development(language); social or emotional development; and adaptive skills. Infant and Toddler EI depends on state funding support to ensure that every child needing services is referred to and receiving them.

Report: Pennsylvania Must Strengthen Its Professional Development Registry to Support Early Childhood Educators – Start Strong PA – January 2023

Start Strong PA is a statewide campaign of partners advocating for increased access to high-quality, affordable child care, beginning with infants and toddlers. The campaign is concerned with the current workforce crisis facing child care providers and families looking for high-quality care.

Report: Expanding Access to High-Quality Universal Pre-K for PA Pennsylvania’s Children – December 2022

Providing Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year-olds with access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k is a cornerstone of early childhood education. High-quality pre-k prepares young children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Through the state’s current publicly funded pre-k programs, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, eligible families can enroll their children in high-quality programs to help set them on a path to success. However, access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k is limited, and not every eligible 3- and 4-year-old in the state has an opportunity to participate. This lack of access can place some children behind their peers and with the challenge of trying to catch up once they enter the K-12 system. Only 65,970 eligible children attend high-quality, publicly funded pre-k*, while more than 100,000 eligible children are unserved. That means 61% of eligible children are missing an opportunity to realize the educational and social benefits that high-quality pre-k provides.