Building Block #8: Pennsylvania’s families demand access to early education programs

Fast Facts:

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?

With Parents:

  • 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.

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Thank you for your helping our young children reach their promise through quality early education!

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