From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org):
Nearly 600 early childhood education advocates converged on the Capitol for Early Childhood Action Day on May 1, packing the Rotunda and making sure lawmakers in both chambers heard the call to restore funding for proven programs including the Child Care Works subsidized child care, Keystone STARS, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship program, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.
Since then, hopeful news emerged about the state’s financial outlook:
- Pennsylvania’s revenues are coming in stronger than initially projected.
- The Independent Fiscal Office estimates the state will end this fiscal year with about $400 million more than Gov. Tom Corbett expected when he outlined his 2012-13 spending plan three months ago.
- Gov. Corbett indicated he is “open to discussion” on restorations.
These are good signs, but lawmakers need to hear that you want restorations to early childhood education.
Urge your state legislators to fund early childhood education programs in 2012-13 at the same level they approved in the 2011-12 budget at https://secure3.convio.net/ppc/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=639.
Education offers multiple pathways to learning and success, but early learning is the doorway every child needs to pass through to get on that path. That door must be open to every child. That’s why we need your help to tell lawmakers: If you cut these programs – you close the door to early learning!
Thanks to the strong turnout on Early Childhood Action Day, we have the momentum. And we know the money is there to restore these critical funds for early learning. We need to tell them loud and clear: Restore funding cuts to early childhood education!
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania’s youngest learners.