This historic state budget has been signed by Governor Wolf and is a strong step in the right direction for early education. Legislators of both parties and the governor have made an investment in the Early Education system that will increase access for thousands of children across the state.
The 2018-19 spending plan included the following expanded investments to early learning:
- Increases Pre-K Counts investment: $20 million
- Increases investment in Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program: $5 million
- Increases investment in Child Care Services: $6.8 million
- New investment in home visiting programs: $6.735 million
There are still 106,000 children in Pennsylvania without access to high-quality pre-k, and these students won’t get a do-over if they miss out on these critical early learning years. United Way of PA supports Pre-K for PA in continuing to advocate for early education.
For more information about this budget, please go to our blog to see our breakdown and a list of legislators who supported it.