State Budget Update: It's Not Final, Yet!

We are headed into the holiday weekend, and we didn't want you to go until you heard the latest. Here's where we are:

  • The Pennsylvania House of Representatives & Senate passed a budget.
  • The budget was sent to Governor Wolf, who vetoed it on Tuesday.

The Governor's Budget proposed:

  • $100 million increase to Pre-K Counts
  • $20 million increase to Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships

The House/Senate budget:

  • $25 million increase to Pre-K Counts
  • $5 million increase to Head Start
  • $156 million level funding for Child Care Services
  • $152 million level funding for Child Care Assistance
  • $12 million level funding for Nurse Family Partnerships

This level of new funding was significantly less than the $120 million proposed by the Governor. The actions this past week are first steps and negotiations will continue next week.

As a reminder, OCDEL has stated, that unlike previous years of extended budget negotiations, Child Care Information Services (CCIS) payments to child care providers will continue during this period.  This means that no payments to child care providers will be interrupted and CCIS services to children and families will continue.
 
We need YOU to encourage our leaders in Harrisburg to make investing in high-quality child care and pre-k programs a top priority for our state.  You can easily access the tools and advocacy tips necessary to help you connect with your legislator by visiting www.prekforpa.org. It only takes a few minutes and your voice truly matters. 

Thank you for your continued support of PAEYC and your ongoing advocacy and leadership to ensure that investing in high-quality early care and education is a priority for our state.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend and we will be in touch next week!

Important Budget Update

We wanted to give you a brief overview of the ongoing effort to secure additional public investment in high-quality child care and pre-k programs through the state budget.  We have been actively working with our partners and advocates to educate Members of the General Assembly from across PAEYC’s 10-county service about the importance of investing additional state dollars in high-quality child care and pre-k. 

We are also acutely aware that a protracted budget process beyond June 30th has a detrimental impact on our region’s early care and education providers.  Earlier today we were informed by the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) that Child Care Information Services (CCIS) payments to child care providers will continue uninterrupted in the event that a state budget impasse occurs.  This means that no payments to child care providers will be interrupted and CCIS services to children and families will continue.

We are in the home stretch, but we’re not done yet.  The state budget deadline is June 30th.  There is still time to add your voice to this effort and to encourage our leaders in Harrisburg to make investing in high-quality pre-k and critical child care programs a top priority for our state.  You can easily access the tools and advocacy tips necessary to help you connect with your legislator by visiting www.prekforpa.org.  It only takes a few minutes and your voice truly matters. 

We are putting together additional information on resources and support for providers if the budget deliberations are not concluded by the June 30th deadline.  If you have questions about resources and support that may be available, please contact us directly at 412/ 421-3889.

Thank you for your continued support of PAEYC and your ongoing advocacy and leadership to ensure that investing in high-quality child care and pre-k is a priority for our state.

A Message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends, I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have accepted the position of Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL). I begin this new role on June 10.
 
It has meant so much to me to serve as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).  Southwestern PA is blessed to have so many hard working, dedicated professionals providing care and education to our youngest learners.  I have been privileged to work with all of you and to see first-hand the great work that you do.   Thank you for all you have done for my own children, and for all the children. 
 
It has been my life's work to increase access to and support for high-quality early childhood education.  To be able to do that in my hometown has been one of the great rewards of my professional life.
 
It is certainly bittersweet to leave PAEYC after nine outstanding years at this organization, but I am looking forward to this new challenge and to the opportunity to implement the Governor’s vision for investing in high-quality pre-k and early learning across Pennsylvania.  As Deputy Secretary of OCDEL, I will be tasked with increasing and improving quality early education opportunities for Pennsylvania families. 
 
I'm also pleased to share with you that PAEYC’s Board of Directors has appointed Cara Ciminillo, our Director of Operations, as Interim Executive Director.  I know each and every one of you will offer your support and expertise to Cara to ensure that PAEYC continues to do outstanding work through this transition and into the future.  The Board will conduct a search for a new full time Executive Director immediately.  More information on the search process will be posted on PAEYC’s website as it is available.
 
Thank you to each and every one of you for your support and friendship during the past nine years.  I look forward to continuing to work with you in my new capacity!

Warmly,
 
Michelle Figlar

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