Governor Wolf Appoints Dr. Janet Haas as Honorary Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission

May 07, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today appointed Dr. Janet Haas, M.D. as Honorary Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. Dr. Haas is also the chairwoman and a past president of the William Penn Foundation.

“As a medical doctor, Janet Haas is dedicated to improving the lives of young children across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “The commission will benefit from her tremendous experience working with business leaders as we work to build bipartisan support for increasing our commitment to early learning.”

Dr. Haas practices palliative medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center of Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is board-certified in Rehabilitation Medicine and has cared for brain-injured patients at Temple University and Moss Rehabilitation Hospital.

Investing in early education is a priority for Governor Wolf. In the 2018-19 budget, the governor is proposing to invest an additional $25 million in state funding, to be matched by $5 million in federal funding, to expand access to high-quality child care, as well as an increase of $40 million for high-quality early childhood education which would allow nearly 4,400 children to enroll in a program.

Together with $90 million in funding increases secured over the past three years, this additional investment will more than double the funding for Pre-K Counts programs since 2014-15, and increases funding for Head Start Supplemental Assistance by 64 percent.

“There is nothing more important than high-quality education. It unlocks doors to opportunities and to more successful futures,” said Janet Haas, MD, Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation. “I’m pleased to serve with Governor Wolf as Co-Chair of the Early Learning Investment Committee and thank him for his unwavering commitment to expanding early learning opportunities for children in Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with the Commission as we strive to move Pennsylvania closer to the day when every child in our state has access to the high-quality early childhood education he or she deserves.”

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission is a network of 60 senior business leaders from across Pennsylvania representing 26 counties and nearly every major industry. Commissioners are appointed by the governor to serve as advocates building awareness and support for increased public investments in early learning.

Created in 2008 through an executive order signed by Governor Ed Rendell, the commission has helped Pennsylvania become a national leader for engaging business leaders on the issue of early learning.

“Janet’s appointment as Honorary Co-Chair of the Commission is testament to her commitment and leadership on this and many important economic and community issues,” said Jack Brennan, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Vanguard Group. “By leading the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission with the Governor, she will effectively and tenaciously work to ensure that Pennsylvania continues to grow its commitment to young children today to ensure a thriving and prosperous future for the Commonwealth.”

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