A Call to Advocacy: Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Initiatives. Office of Child Development and Early Learning 2008. Why advocate? . Advance the field Federal and state funding plays a major role in early childhood education in PA Federal: Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grant
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Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Advance the field
Federal and state funding plays a major role in early childhood education in PA
Federal: Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grant
State: Head Start Supplemental, Full Day Kindergarten Accountability Block Grant, STARS, PA Pre-K Counts
Better serve children and families
Support a quality early education continuum
You have a unique perspective
You have expertise in ECE
You have experiences that matter to legislators
You are the future of ECE
Increased public recognition that quality early learning matters
Increased public investment in quality early learning
Increased support for building a quality early education continuum
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) promotes opportunities for all Pennsylvania children and families by building systems and providing supports that help ensure access to high quality child and family services. The office is a joint initiative between the Departments of Education and Public Welfare.
OCDEL’s focus in the upcoming year will be to build and strengthen a quality early education continuum for children and families.
Child Care Certification
Child Care Works
Early Intervention – Birth to Five
Family Support Programs: Children’s Trust Fund, Nurse Family Partnership and Parent-Child Home Program
Head Start Supplemental
Keystone STARS/ PA Early Learning Keys to Quality
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
Pennsylvania has made great progress in serving young children through early education initiatives such as Accountability Block Grants, Keystone STARS, Early Intervention and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance program, PA Pre-K Counts but it’s just the start.
Our enrollment in quality programs for preschoolers has increased from 18% in 2002-03 to 35% in 2006-07.
Children in 70 percent of PA’s counties are at moderate to high risk of school failure
More than one-third of
under the age of five live
in low-income families
OCDEL’s goal: a seamless system of quality early education from birth – age 5
What it takes:
1. Quality program design
2. Quality implementation & coordination
3. Meeting the diverse needs of families
4. Maximizing resources
5. Documenting positive impact and building accountability into the program
Child Care Works
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
Nurse Family Partnership
A reliable indicator of quality child care and demonstrates support for children’s early learning and development.
Over 170,000 children will be served in 2008
Funding to help participating programs move up through the STARS Ladder
Supports parents who are working hard to provide for their families and gives children the opportunity to participate in an early childhood program.
Serve an additional 2600 children and their families for a total of over 235,000 per year
Provide families with young children with the ability to search for child care information on the web
Enhances family/caregiver relationships with children building on their strengths, and strives to maximize all the experiences, opportunities, and resources within the activities of daily living unique to each family.
Assures that all eligible children from birth to five with developmental delays receive services and supports that maximize their development so they achieve success in early education settings
Registered nurses work with the expectant mothers to ensure a healthy pregnancy, to engage in activities with the baby that will promote healthy development, and to make plans for the future.
Prepares parents to provide a stable and nurturing home environment for their child where they are the child’s first teacher
Meet your legislators
Write your legislators
Start a buzz on campus
Hold a “Be a Kid Again” event
Letters are good, but meeting is better!
Meet in their district office
Go with a classmate or advocate
Prepare ahead of time – script out
Get their position on ECE
If they support the Governor’s budget, ask them to write their leadership
If they don’t, ask why?
Host an event on campus
Plan a fun “kid activity” that students can do to relieve stress, have fun
Educate through play!
Invite campus or local media
Student advocacy toolkit
Contact your Early Childhood Community Engagement Group – www.pakeys.org/CommunityEngagement Groups.aspx
Local AEYCs - www.pennaeyc.org/
What types of activities would you plan for Week of the Young Child – April 13-19, 2008?
How do you measure quality in early childhood education?
As students of child development and early childhood education, what unique perspective do you have that you can share with legislators?
If you had 3 minutes to explain to a legislator or a decision maker why building a quality early learning continuum is important, what would you say?
What other groups or individuals might assist you in building support and/or awareness of early childhood education?