Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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 millionIncreases investment in Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program: $5 millionIncreases investment in Child Care Services: $6.8 millionNew investment in home visiting...
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Pre-K for PA initiative released results of their poll today that shows 75 percent of likely voters support increasing funding to expand access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten. Sixty-four percent of Pennsylvanians said they would pay an extra $50 in taxes to fund pre-k, which would equal a .01 increase in PIT (personal income tax) for the average Pennsylvania taxpayer. For more details about the poll and the full press release from Pre-K for PA, click here.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
United Way of Pennsylvania is excited to announce our summer 2018 webinar series. This summer, we will have four webinars. They are free to our members. To register for the webinars, please click below on the topic. Unconscious Bias: Automatic, Unintentional, & UniversalUWP State Budget Update and OverviewPre-K for PA: Making the Case for Pre-K in PAU.S. 2020 Census: Planning a Complete Count
Monday, April 16, 2018
The United Way of Pennsylvania administered a survey to the 2018 gubernatorial candidates for the primary election. The survey focuses on a broad-based set of issues that impact our network's goals for their local communities. The goal of this survey is to inform voters about where candidates stand on issues in an impartial and nonpartisan manner. Read more about where the candidates stand on issues that impact the health, education and financial stability of Pennsylvanians, as well as partnerships with the nonprofit sector here.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Each year, United Way of Pennsylvania is pleased to gather together our members for our annual conference. The conference gives our members a chance to share their experiences, speak to experts, and learn best new practices. This year, our conference will be in Erie at the Sheraton Bayfront on picturesque Presque Isle Bay starting June 20th and ending June 22nd.Many of our topics this year focus on innovation and looking toward the future. Because each United Way is unique, the approaches in our sessions will vary so that there will be something for everyone at this conference. We're excited...
Monday, February 26, 2018
CONNECT TO HOME: COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA SEEKS TO END HOMELESSNESSHarrisburg, PA – Connect To Home: Coordinated Entry System (CES) of Eastern PA coordinates access, assessment, prioritization and referral into the housing crisis response system for all households and populations in a thirty-three county regionConnect To Home is administered by the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (CoC), the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and the United Way of Pennsylvania. The CoC is working together to end and prevent homelessness with five-year strategic goals, which...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Today, United Way of Pennsylvania and United Way supporters stood with Senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) to recognize February 11th as PA 2-1-1 Day. 2-1-1 is the free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help. In 2017, just shy of 200,000 people turned to 2-1-1 in Pennsylvania for help. People contact 2-1-1 to find information on basic needs, such as utility assistance or to find the closest food bank. However, 2-1-1 also provides...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The push for pre-k in Pennsylvania crafts students ready for kindergarten and sets the stage for success. Successful students turn into productive members of society. Pre-k investments save taxpayer dollars by reducing the need for special education and remedial instruction. You would think these benefits would make high quality pre-k an easy investment, but Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states that make public investments in high-quality pre-k.For more information about high quality pre-k in PA, please see our blog here.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate voted and passed HR 1, the tax reform bill. United Way Worldwide released a press statement in opposition of the legislation as it provides little benefit to low-income families and will dramatically impact the work United Ways across the country will be able to carry out, most notably through the elimination of the charitable deducation resulting in a decrease in donor giving to charities by an estimated $13 billion dollars per year. You can read UWW's press release here.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
United Way of Pennsylvania has joined the Pre-K for PA campaign as a principal partner! United Ways have long been involved with early childhood education work, so this partnership is a natural fit with our policy priorities and areas of focus. Learn more here.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
2-1-1 is now available in all regions of the Commonwealth! We welcomed North Western PA to the 2-1-1 family yesterday making services avialble to all Pennsylvania residents in need of help who from various social service agencies.Visit our 2-1-1 tab for more information and to find the links to regional 2-1-1 websites.