Building Block #8: Pennsylvania’s families demand access to early education programs
Only about one-third (33%) of children from birth to age five have access to publicly-funded quality early education programs in Pennsylvania.
According to the 2014-2015 OCDEL family survey responses of nearly 9,000 parents whose children participated in Early Intervention, Head Start Supplemental, Keystone STARS 3 and 4 programs, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, and/or Early Head Start, 96% said that they used information on their child’s performance to support their child’s learning and development at home.
You can share:
With Providers/ Community leaders:
- Examples of parent testimonials that love your program or programs in your community. What kinds of praise do you receive?
- Examples of waiting lists in your program or programs in your community. How many calls do you receive from parents asking for services?
- How important Pennsylvania’s early education programs are to you. Did you learn about them from a friend? Would you recommend them to a friend?
- If you were or are on a waiting list for an early education program, share how difficult it has been to find reliable early education while you wait.
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!