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Budget Boosts Funding for Child Care, PKC & Head Start

Governor Signs FY 13-14 Budget With hours to go before the midnight deadline and the start of the new fiscal year, Governor Corbett signed the $28.4 million FY 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Budget. Overall, early childhood education funding saw increases in Pre-K Counts, Head Start, and Child Care.

    • The FY 2013-2014 budget sustains increases to Pre-K Counts ($4.5 million) and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program ($1.9 million).


    • Child Care Services funding increased by $14.3 million from the FY 2012-2013 budget. This amount included $4.1 million savings from the consolidation of the CCIS that was moved from the Child Care Assistance line item to Child Care Services, $3 million from the Governor’s budget request and an addtional $7.2 million (that will help buffer any losses of federal funding due to sequestration).


    • Child Care Assistance lost $4.1 million, however this funding was moved to Child Care Services and will help the Commonwealth reduce waiting lists allowing an additional 1,400 – 1,600 children to be served.
        Additionally, the Welfare Code Bill will rename the Department of Public Welfare to the     Department of Human Serivces.

Thank you to all early childhood education advocates for your hard work in sending hundreds of emails, letters, phone calls and making visits to policymakers.


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