Our allies in Pennsylvania are uniquely positioned to influence early childhood policy — and are making consistent gains for the state’s kids.  

State Allies:

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children • Harrisburg, PA
Top Priorities for 2020

Improve prenatal-to-three policies

Align our definition of unmet need with the state’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning for awarding home visiting grants

Increase state investments in child care

In 2019, Pennsylvania expanded its commitment to early education and child and family health.

  • $30 million increase in pre-k and a $5 million increase in home visiting funding.
  • $30.3 million for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • $30 million for 2,200 Pre-K Counts slots and a 2.95% rate increase.
  • 465 additional Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program slots.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Pennsylvania early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Goes 2-for-3 in Early Learning in 19-20 State Budget

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, the only statewide non-partisan advocacy organization with a public policy agenda that spans the life of a child from birth to adulthood, reports on the outcomes of the state’s FY 2019-20 state budget — which includes a $30-million increase in pre-K funding and a $5-million increase in home-visiting funding, serving in total an additional 3,000 children and families.

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One Step Forward, One Step Back in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf set the tone in his budget request by increasing state investments in early learning, and legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to prioritize Pennsylvania’s children in the 2017-18 state budget.

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Increased Investments in Early Childhood in Pennsylvania

Following a challenging budget process and politically charged impasse, Pennsylvania finally brought its fiscal 2015-16 budget to closure in March of this year, making it nine months overdue. This put state advocates, including Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), in the unique position of having to simultaneously conduct advocacy work on the incomplete 2015-16 budget and ramp up efforts leading up to the June 30 deadline for the 2016-17 budget.

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