Businesses support Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children
- Watch our “We are Pennsylvania’s Future” video sponsored by several members of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission
Quality early learning opportunities make it possible for children to succeed in school, in the workforce, and in life, while helping parents maintain a stable home life and provide for their family. These immediate benefits can translate into more productive employees today, and better employees and customers tomorrow.
Here are some ways business can help support Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children:
- Learn more about the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and find resources that show that investment in early education is crucial to creating a qualified future workforce.
- Provide information to your employees on how to enhance their children’s early learning and how to choose quality early learning opportunities for their children.
- Organize volunteer activities for management and staff at early learning programs
- Become a Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) partner
- Provide information to your customers about quality early learning
- Take advantage of the Pre-Kindergarten Income Tax Credit for Businesses
- Be a voice for children in your community
Provide information to your employees on how to enhance their children’s early learning and how to choose quality early learning opportunities for their children.
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children offers a variety of free materials and resources for businesses to conduct an Early Childhood Employee Awareness Program. Businesses can choose how they want to share the information about the importance of choosing quality early learning with employees. Here are just a few examples:
- Share this employee information flyer on bulletin boards, via email, stuff it in envelopes with paystubs, or add it as a page to your company newsletter. You can also share this customizable flyer after adding a personal statement about your company’s support of quality early learning.
- Share a pre-recorded video presentation during a staff meeting or post the video online at your employee intranet site. Email video requests to email@example.com.
- If you want someone from your company to present the information live during a meeting, we can send you a complete PowerPoint file and a presenter’s guide. Or, you may request a guest speaker to come out and conduct a live presentation. Email presentation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PA’s Promise for Children has developed a bookmark and trifold brochure to help parents make the right early education choices for their children. You can download the PDF or order copies online.
Your local Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agency is available to help all families find the right child care program for their child. They also offer several brochures offering tips on reasons to choose quality child care and information on child development.
Organize volunteer activities for management and staff at early learning programs
Many companies offer their employees paid release time to volunteer during the work day, or organize a volunteer day, such as during the United Way Day of Caring. Some employers also develop relationships with local nonprofits to organize volunteer opportunities for staff. Speak with your Human Resources representative about including volunteering at early learning programs in the company’s volunteer efforts. You can search for local early learning programs using the COMPASS website, ask your employees about programs that they use, or contact your local Child Care Information Services (CCIS) for a list of possible programs.
Provide information to your customers about quality early learning
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children has a number of materials that could be useful to your customers. You may also want to include the PA’s Promise for Children logo on some of your information to help educate parents about the importance of quality early learning.
National campaigns like United Way’s Born Learning and PNC’s Grow Up Great highlight the fact that shopping can be a great educational opportunity for young children. Post information in your stores or provide take-aways in your shopping bags. If you need help with ideas, contact us.
You can save on taxes while providing scholarships to deserving young children for pre-kindergarten. For more information on how it works, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website.
Become a Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) partner
LEARN partners bring together community leaders in early education and care as well as parents, doctors, advocates, legislators and businesses that recognize the value of quality early education and care to their communities. Click here for contact information on connecting with other LEARN partners in your community.
Be a voice for children in your community
Your United Way, Kiwannis, community foundation or local chamber of commerce most likely has an education committee or early childhood initiative. Add your name to the list of supporters.