Legislators support Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children
Quality early learning opportunities for the young children in your district can improve the quality of life for all of your constituents. Your support can bring quality early learning to more children, preparing them for success in school and life.
Here are some ways that you can support Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children:
- Learn about quality early learning in your district
- Be a reader during the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child campaign in April
- Link to the PA’s Promise website and display information on quality early learning in your Harrisburg and district offices
- Join the Early Childhood Education Caucus
- Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month in October
Learn about quality early learning in your district
Quality early learning programs come in many shapes and sizes- school-based pre-kindergarten programs, Keystone STARS child care programs, Head Start programs, and others. Find out what quality early learning opportunities are available to your constituents. Many programs would be delighted to host a tour of their facility as well.
- Check out the Early Education in my County profiles to learn about the risk level of children in the county(ies) you serve and how many children are participating in early education programs.
- Some Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) Partners publish a community report card, which outlines early learning services in the county.
- You can find a listing of Keystone STARS programs by zip code or county at the Pennsylvania Key website.
- Visit the PA Head Start Association website for contact information for Head Start programs in each county.
- You may also contact Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts sites for more information and to visit.
- You can contact school districts in your district and ask them if they are providing quality pre-kindergarten to the children in their district and/or if they are partnering with other learning programs to make sure your district’s preschoolers make a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Be a reader during the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child campaign in April
Each April, hundreds of early learning programs open their doors for individuals to read a book to young children as part of the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child campaign. As a reader, you can learn first-hand the value of quality early learning while having a little fun!
Regional coordinators for PA One Book, Every Young Child:
- South Central Region: Stephanie Spitz -717-854-2273 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northeast Region: Beth Gambone – 800-528-7222 x 2391 email@example.com
- Southeast Region: Amy Rush – 267-773-4410 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northwest Region – Darlene Kovacs, 814-874-0144 x11, email@example.com
- Southwest Region – Sharon Enfield, 412-255-1228, firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the PA’s Promise website and display information on quality early learning in your Harrisburg and district offices
Your constituents turn to you as a trusted resource for information that will improve their quality of life. Quality early education can make a huge difference in the life of a child and his family.
Here are some resources for more information:
- Help spread the word by posting our logo or public service announcement on your website, or including a short article in your constituent newsletter.
- My child is learning from birth? Quality early learning opportunities for young children – brochures and bookmarks that explain the early childhood programs that are publicly-funded and available to families free or at low cost – contact us for copies.
Your county’s Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agency has several brochures explaining the value of quality, how to choose quality child care, and how to apply for child care assistance.
Join the Early Childhood Education Caucus
The Early Childhood Education Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral alliance of legislators who advocate for the continued funding and development of high quality early childhood care and education programs in Pennsylvania. The caucus seeks to inform its members, create dialogue, and provide direction for legislative activity by sharing the results of studies and other research on high quality early care and education. Together, the 125 caucus members serve to remind other legislators and the Governor of the importance of investing in early childhood programs, not only for children and their families, but for Pennsylvania, its economy, and its local communities.
If you are a legislator and would like to join the ECE Caucus, please contact Gretchen Dlugolecki at email@example.com.