Three Pennsylvania families shared the spotlight with policymakers to promote the importance of quality early learning at the October 8, 2014 Early Childhood Education Caucus in Harrisburg.
Madelyn and her daughter, Idalis, traveled from Allentown to share how PA Pre-K Counts has made an impact in Idalis’s education. Before Idalis began PA Pre-K Counts, she spoke only Spanish, however, within a few months, Idalis had learned English well enough to communicate with her family and friends. She is now a successful Kindergartner.
Mercer County family, Jennifer and George, with their daughter, Jazmin, son Xavier and Jazmin’s daughter, Symira, came to share how quality early learning made an impact in Symira’s life, supporting her language and social skills. Symira’s mom also benefited from support while pregnant and was able to continue her own education.
Also from Mercer County, Chriss, her husband, and their son, Ryder, showed their support during the Caucus. Ryder, who receives Early Intervention Support and Services, has made great strides within the program, learning new words, signs and proper pronunciation of each new word he learns. (Read Ryder’s story here.)
After the welcome from Kurt Kondrich, parent co-chair of the State Interagency Coordinating Council, attendees of the Early Childhood Education Caucus heard words of support for quality early learning from Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), co-chair of the Early Childhood Education Caucus; Representative Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne), co-chair of the Early Childhood Education Caucus; Representative Mark Longietti (D-Mercer); Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery); and Representative Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery).