The principal partners of Early Learning Pennsylvania (ELPA), a statewide coalition of advocates focused on supporting young Pennsylvanians from birth to age five, released reaction statements regarding the FY 2021-22 state budget.
It’s a tragic, tired fact of the pandemic by now — a largely lost year of learning that will set back millions of U.S. students, from kindergarten to college and hurt already at-risk kids the most. What about the children even younger than that?
The economic stimulus bill that authorizes the spending of most of the $3.9 billion in federal CARES Act funding includes $125 million in economic relief for the Commonwealth’s early learning sector, which will be critical in supporting Pennsylvania families returning to work.
Bucks County needs 174 more pre-kindergarten classrooms to meet demand, according to an educational group.
The 2017-18 state budget passed by the Senate this morning and headed to the House demonstrates a bi-partisan compromise that prioritizes children. Following the governor’s lead set in his budget request, Democrats and Republicans came together and prioritized the state’s 2.8 million children by increasing state investments in child welfare, early learning and K-12 education.