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Early Education Funding Plan Leads PA Down the Right Path

Governor Tom Wolf speaks at Caring People Alliance about the importance of funding Early Childhood Education

Today in Philadelphia, Governor Wolf announced a $60 million increase in high-quality early childhood education as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal. Governor Wolf joined Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at the West Philadelphia Community Center to discuss this unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads. It is time to face our financial reality and give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves.

Governor Wolf’s plan is a clear path for a promising future for our state: it funds education at all levels, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track.

The other path that Pennsylvania can take would lead to higher property taxes, reduced services for seniors, and massive education cuts that will lead to even further devastation. For too long, our commonwealth has taken this road by spending in excess of revenues through one-time patches and wildly optimistic assumptions.

The governor’s proposed $60 million increase for early education represents a 30.5 percent increase in funding. The funding builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.

 

Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads. It is time to face our financial reality and give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves. Governor Wolf’s plan is a clear path for a promising future for our state: it funds education at all levels, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track. The other path that Pennsylvania can take would lead to higher property taxes, reduced services for seniors, and massive education cuts that will lead to even further devastation. For too long, our commonwealth has taken this road by spending in excess of revenues through one-time patches and wildly optimistic assumptions. The governor’s proposed $60 million increase for early education represents a 30.5 percent increase in funding. The funding builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.

Governor Wolf and Mayor Jim Kenny talk with participants in Caring People Alliance's Pre-K Count Program

This 2016-17 investment is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement — it invests in our schools, meets critical human service needs, fully funds our pension and debt obligations, and eliminates the structural budget deficit. Governor Wolf has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensure students are college and career ready. He will continue to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code. Pennsylvania should be among the many states that provide universal pre-kindergarten for children. This is the path to a greater future and will help us lay a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.

 

https://www.governor.pa.gov/blog-with-pennsylvania-at-a-crossroads-governor-wolf-announces-plan-for-increased-early-education-funding/

 

 
Our Mission

Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.

 
2016 Summer Programs

Caring People Alliance is excited to announce a collaboration with Temple University College of Science and Technology to provide enriched science and technology content for all summer programs at Caring People Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs sites.  Science programming will occur Monday - Thursday mornings from 9:00 AM - Noon for Kindergarten through 12 year olds.  The science modules will be organizaed around the theme of the Environment and will include topics relevant to physical, life and earth sciences as well as engineering and technology.  The content will be developed and implemented through the College's TUteach program.  Go to http://cst.temple.edu/tuteach for more information on the TUteach program.  Robotics-based programming will be avaialble for older youth and teens. 

 For more information and enrollment materials, please contact the program location directly:

 

Serving North Central Philadelphia:                                       

(zipcodes: 19122, 19123, 19125,                                         

19123, 19130, 19132,19133, 19134, 19140)

 RW Brown Boys & Girls Club                                                

RW Brown Community Center                                                 

1701 N. 8th Street                                                                  

Philadelphia, PA 19122                                                            

Contact: Desiree Crawford                                                      

215-763-0900                                                                         

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Serving Mantua and West Philadelphia:

(zipcodes: 19104, 19139, 19131, 19143, 19151)                             

 West Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club

West Philadelphia Community Center       

3512 Haverford Avenue                                                   

Philadelphia, PA 19104                                                     

Contact: LaShawn Braxton                                               

215-386-4075                                                                

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Serving South Philadelphia

(zipcodes: 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148)

 Boys & Girls Club - South Philadelphia

2433 S 15th ST

Philadelphia, PA 19145

Contact: Rachel Wishnoff

215-218-0800

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