The House of Representatives in Harrisburg has advanced a draft budget (HB 218) that reduces the Governor's proposed Pre-K funding and cuts child care assistance by $62 million compared to the governor's proposal and $28 million compared to last year's budget.
This is unacceptable. Our children need high quality care and education to learn and grow, and so families can work.
In addition to cutting child care, the Community-Based Family Center and Nurse-Family Partnerships appropriations were cut. HB 218 also fails to include the governor’s proposed $9 million allocation for evidence-based home visiting.
Finally, compared to the Governor's proposed $75 million for Pre-K, this bill allocates only $25 million, $20 million for Pre-K Counts and $5 million for Head Start.