Childcare is becoming so expensive that some Pennsylvania parents have quit jobs or left the workforce entirely to care for their children. Driving the news: The average cost of center-based daycare in Pennsylvania in 2021 was $11,346, amounting to 10 percent of a married couple’s median income, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. […]
The annual Kids Count examines children’s health, economic security and education. The latest edition, released Wednesday, confirmed what many educators, parents and child advocates already knew: The COVID-19 pandemic set back learning among the Commonwealth’s kids. “The long term impacts of the pandemic are not going to be one-time,” said Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania […]
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania ranks 22nd overall in child well-being, according to the 2023 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzing how children and families are faring. When looking specifically at economic well-being, the state ranks 22nd, while it ranks 20th in health. The health […]
Pennsylvania is seeing fewer older youth in foster care — but experts say too many are still entering the system because of behavioral issues compared to the rest of the country.
Recent changes in a Pennsylvania law expand efforts to find supportive families and caregivers for teens in foster care. The new provision improves recruitment practices for families and helps prepare young people to thrive as they age out of foster care and into adulthood. The changes took effect on January 2, 2023. “This is a huge win for more […]