Ask Your Legislators to Increase State Child Care Funds

Every child deserves an equal opportunity to a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn, and thrive.

In February, Governor Wolf proposed:

  • $10 million investment of federal funds for child care subsidy will provide a 28 percent increase for infant and toddler daily tiered add-ons for high-quality programs.
  • $15 million in federal funds to serve an additional 970 infants and toddlers slots in high-quality STAR 3 and 4 child care programs.
  • $74.2 million investment of federal funds to increase rates to help pay for an increase in the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour for staff in child care program.
  • $2 million for professionals serving infants and toddlers in early child care and education programs to participate in education, training, and professional supports for an apprenticeship, or work-based learning (“earn while you learn”) models.

PACCA and the Start Strong PA Campaign need you to urge your state legislators to support the Governor's proposal to allocate federal funds and to work together and craft a budget that increases state funds for child care by $50 million. With an additional investment of $50 million in state funding, Pennsylvania will help to ensure the healthy development of 10,000 infants and toddlers.

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