Governor Wolf Pledges Ambitious Early Childhood Education Plan

Yesterday, Governor Wolf joined U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Representative Dwight Evans, and other early childhood education advocates to discuss Philadelphia’s and Pennsylvania’s fight for funding to ensure children have access to pre-kindergarten education.

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At the event, Governor Wolf talked about his continued push for greater investment in Pre-K Counts and Head Start, two commonwealth-administered programs, and the governor pledged to introduce an “ambitious” early childhood education plan in the 2017-2018 budget.

Governor Wolf has fought for more education funding since day one and he has made investment in our schools and our children his top priority, securing an additional $60 million for early childhood education in only two years.

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Working with the legislature, the governor has secured historic increases in education at all levels in his first two years:

  • $415 million in basic education funding.
  • $60 million for early childhood education.
  • $50 million in special education funding.
  • $14.6 million for early intervention
  • $81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools.
  • $16.4 million for Community Colleges.

Governor Wolf knows that children who participate in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their lives compared to peers who do not have access to early learning programs.

Improving early childhood education and creating more pathways for families across Pennsylvania to access these important programs remains one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities.

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