The 2019-2020 budget includes additional federal dollars in child care to do the following:
- Serve 970 infants and toddlers in high-quality programs off the child care subsidy waiting list;
- Increase add-on subsidy rates for infant and toddler care in STAR 2, 3, and 4 programs.
- Support apprenticeships for infant and toddler teachers
While overall child care spending increased due to growth in federal funding, state appropriators reduced the state child care budget by $36 million, replacing those dollars with federal funds.
This was a missed opportunity to invest those federal funds, such as by serving more children on the waiting list.
This reduction of state funds means we will have to fight harder in the coming years to restore and grow Pennsylvania’s investments in child care access, quality, and workforce supports.
Please thank legislators for the consideration placed on high-quality infant and toddler child care during this budget season. Tell them that you will be closely monitoring the restoration and growth of state investments in the future. Remind them to continue their support for our youngest children to receive a quality educational foundation through high-quality child care.