Building Block #2: Pennsylvania’s early education programs continue to improve quality, creating higher community ROI
- Pennsylvania’s early learning programs are built on research-based, quality standards.
- As programs increase staff education and retain more staff, use curriculum that aligns with the PA Early Learning Standards, and conduct regular child assessments, they provide a better early education for young children.
- Pennsylvania’s programs continue to increase quality, providing consistently positive outcomes for children.
- The odds of a STARS provider advancing a STAR level is 4.3 times greater when they receive STARS Technical Assistance than when they do not.
- Between 2003 – 2011, classroom quality scores on the Environment Rating Scale have continued to rise, showing a positive trend of increasing quality in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Keystone STARS and Head Start classrooms.
- Continued investment in early education programs is necessary to continue this positive trend.
You can share:
- Specific supports your program or programs in your community receives to help improve quality such as
- Professional development
- Technical assistance and mentoring
- Targeted financial supports
- How programs in your community have increased their quality over the past year by:
- Teachers earning degrees or taking college classes
- Moving up a STAR level
- Earning higher ERS classroom scores
- Oberving children’s progress and sharing with families
- How these supports have helped children’s development and families’ engagement in their children’s learning.
Find contact information for:
- school principals and other school officials
- federal legislators – U.S. Representatives | U.S. Senators
- state legislators
- Governor Wolf
Thank you for your helping our young children reach their promise through quality early education!