News for Immediate
Jan. 30, 2014
Governor Corbett Tours
East Pennsboro KinderCare, Announces $10 Million Proposal to Expand Quality
Enola – Governor Tom Corbett
today previewed a 2014-15 budget proposal that will increase funding in the Pennsylvania
Pre-K Counts program by $10 million, allowing approximately 1,670 additional Pennsylvania
pre-school children to access high-quality early learning.
additional $10 million would bring total increased investment in Pre-K Counts under
the Corbett Administration to $13.6 million, or 16.3 percent.
investing in quality early learning programs, especially for our at-risk
children, we can produce better outcomes for children later in life, helping
them to be more prepared for any path they take,” Corbett said. “During my time
in office, more children than ever before have enrolled in high-quality early
Pre-K Counts provides research-based, high-quality pre-kindergarten
opportunities to at-risk children across the commonwealth by leveraging
existing early education services in school districts, Keystone STARS childcare
programs, Head Start, and licensed nursery schools.
made the announcement following a tour of East Pennsboro KinderCare, a National
Association for the Education of Young Children accredited and Keystone STARS 4-Star
center, as well as a Pre-K Counts grantee.
the largest provider of early care and education in the state, Knowledge
Universe/KinderCare can speak first-hand to the difference the state’s
investments in quality early education make for children,” said Kristin Pool,
center director at East Pennsboro KinderCare. “Thanks to Pre-K Counts, we are
able to guarantee that all children receive a quality preschool education
whether they are from an affluent or low-income household.”
governor was invited to tour the center by District Attorney Dave Freed, a
representative of the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids initiative. Terry Bossert,
Range Resources, also spoke on behalf of the Early Learning Investment
Commission. The two organizations emphasized the positive impacts that high
quality early learning has in helping children get the right start in life to
avoid later crime and violence, as well as, in preparing children to later enter
the workforce of tomorrow.
was also joined for the announcement by Senator Pat Vance (R-Cumberland), Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh, co-chair, Early Childhood Education Caucus), and
Representative Glen Grell (R-Cumberland), as well as Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq
and Department of Public Welfare Deputy Secretary Barbara Minzenberg.
high-quality early learning programs enter kindergarten better prepared to
learn, require less special education services and graduate from high school prepared
to be successful,” said Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq.
our unique set of programs including Keystone STARS and Governor Corbett’s Rising
STARS Initiative, Child Care Works, Pre-K Counts and the Head Start
Supplemental Assistance Program, we lead the country in early learning
initiatives that provide and help nurture high quality early learning in
Pennsylvania,” said DPW Deputy Secretary Barb Minzenberg.
Pre-K Counts program is designed for children who are between age 3 and the
entry age for kindergarten; are at risk of school failure due to considerations
such as English language learning or special needs; and are living in families
earning up to 300 percent of the federal income poverty level, such as a family
of two, earning $46,530.
proposed funding announced today for Pre-K Counts will help to supplement a
$51.7 million Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant awarded to
Pennsylvania in December 2013. Prior funding in the last three years under the
Corbett Administration increased investments to Pre-K Counts, HeadStart and
early intervention programs by $46.5 million, serving an additional 11,000
Corbett will provide more details about his full 2014-15 budget proposal in
more information, visit www.pa.gov.
Cronkright, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Tim Eller, Education, 717-783-9802
Kait Gillis, Public