Corbett Highlights Early Learning Investments, Tours Local Childcare Center
Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett today joined
early learning advocates and other officials for a tour of the Small World
Early Childhood Center II in Pittsburgh, where he reemphasized his commitment
to high quality early learning.
2014-15 budget proposal includes an additional $25.5 million investment for
early education with $10 million to serve more children in Pennsylvania’s Pre-K
“As a father,
and now as a grandfather of a two and a half-year-old grandson, I believe
investing in our children’s education as early as possible is critical to
building a better future for Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “That’s why my budget
proposal calls for an additional $25.5 million to be invested into early
additional $10 million into Pre-K Counts will allow more pre-school age
children to access high-quality learning programs. Pre-K Counts programs
have consistently delivered high-quality Pre-K education to 3- and 4-year old
children who are at risk of academic failure.
budget proposal builds upon past funding increases of $46.5 million into Pre-K
Counts, Head Start and Early Intervention programs. Since taking office three
year ago, an additional 11,000 children are being served through Corbett’s
commitment to early education.
worked over the past three years to make investments that will help our
children learn as early as possible,” Corbett said. “Those efforts have produced
results that are allowing more children than ever before to be enrolled in high
quality early learning.”
budget proposal supplements a $51.7 million Race to the Top Early Learning
Challenge grant awarded to Pennsylvania in December 2013.
joined by early learning advocates including Acting Pittsburgh Police Chief
Regina McDonald on behalf of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Rear Admiral Thomas
Wilson, U.S. Navy (Ret.) on behalf of Mission: Readiness; and Senior Vice
President at PNC Bank, Tom Lamb, on behalf of the Early Learning Investment
educational achievement is a leading reason why 75 percent of our young people
are not eligible for military service, creating future national security
concerns," said Rear Admiral Wilson. "What is happening in these
early learning classrooms today will impact our military’s and our civilian businesses’
ability to find the skilled workforce we will need for the future."
of Public Welfare Deputy Secretary Barb Minzenberg, and Representative Hal English (R-Allegheny) were also in
World Early Childhood Center II center is a high-quality early learning center
as demonstrated by its Keystone Star 4, National Association for the Education
of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. State funding through Keystone Stars
and Pre-K Counts allow the center to provide at-risk children with high quality
information, visit www.pa.gov.
Cronkright, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116