ECE advocates seek $50 million increase in childcare funding

Early childhood advocates are asking the state legislature for $50 million increase in early learning programs.

This amount would ensure the healthy development of 10,000 infants and toddlers through consistent routines and relationships by paying STAR 3 and 4 providers closer to the full cost of high-quality care.

Practically each week since February, Start Strong PA has organized meetings with legislators from throughout the Commonwealth.

In addition to the General Fund request, Strong Start PA is asking legislators to support Governor Wolf's proposal to allocate federal funds in order to:
o Ensure 970 additional infants and toddlers benefit from a quality educational foundation offered in a high-quality program
o Increase quality by raising tiered reimbursement rates for STAR 2, 3, and 4 programs so that families have more access to high quality child care that they can afford
o Provide infants and toddlers consistent routines and relationships by addressing workforce education and compensation.

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