The State of Early Learning in Pennsylvania 2014 State of the State:Early Learning in Pennsylvania Today
Access to quality early education for Pennsylvania’s young children can: • Reduce public costs for special education, public assistance prisons and health care High quality pre-kindergarten can decrease special education rates by 50% and grade repetition by 33% Source: Pew Center on the States
Facilitate job growth Every dollar Pennsylvania invests in early childhood programs generates $1.06 in the local economy through local hiring and purchasing local goods & services. Source: America’s Edge
Effectively prepare students for new workforce demands There is a mismatch between projected future jobs requiring STEM skills and the projected supply of qualified workers to fill them.
Children making progress, entering Kindergarten ready to succeed Source: Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Children succeeding in kindergarten and beyond Nearly half (42%) of children in Pottstown SD live in economically at-risk families earning up to 300% of poverty.
2012-13 2011-12 Approximately 83% of children in Erie SD live in economically at-risk families earning up to 300% of poverty.
76% of children under age five in Philadelphia live in families earning up to 300% of poverty.
Families engaged in their children’s early learning 95% of parents use information on their child’s performance to support their child’s learning at home OCDEL Family Survey, 2012-13 150,000 copies distributed
Families gaining access to high quality early learning programs 95% of 600 children at risk of expulsion remained in quality STARS programs thanks to Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in 2012-13 program year.
Why has Pennsylvania improved? • High quality, coordinated programs to best serve families • Providing high quality services early for the greatest impact • Aligning early childhood education with K-12 for lifelong achievement • Embracing accountability for results
OCDEL’s mission The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) provides families access to high quality services to prepare children for school and life success. The office is a joint initiative between the Departments of Education and Public Welfare.
OCDEL programs • Child Care Certification • Child Care Works • Children’s Trust Fund • Early Head Start • Early Intervention • Head Start • Healthy Families America • Keystone STARS/ PA Early Learning Keys to Quality • Parents as Teachers • Parent-Child Home Program • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts • Nurse-Family Partnership • Public-private partnerships
Embracing accountability for results 95% STARS Designator reliability in 2011-12 High reliability among staff designating STAR levels
Specialized supports and technical assistance The odds of a STARS provider advancing a STAR level is 4.3 times greater when they receive STARS Technical Assistance than when they do not. Source: OCDEL Research Brief: Keystone STARS Technical Assistance, February 2013
Rising STARS initiative • Restructured grants and awards (July 2012) • Increased subsidy add-on rates (January & August 2013) • STARS mentoring (October 2013) • Tuition Assistance Program (October 2013)
Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2014-15 • Total Budget Amount $29.4 billion • 3.3% increase
Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2014-15Serve additional families in: • Child Care Certification – 22 additional child care certification licensing staff • Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program – Expanding services to 119,650 children (monthly average), removing approximately 2,895 children from low-income waiting list.
Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2014-15Serve additional families in: • Early Intervention – Expanding to reach 90,144 children (37,800 infants and toddlers and 52,344 preschoolers) by adding 1,500 preschoolers. • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts – Expanding services to reach approximately 13,697 children in full- and half-day slots, an addition of 1,670 children, with another 2,000 slots for Summer Kindergarten Readiness Programs.
Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2014-15 Sustain services for children in: • Keystone STARS – • Sustaining investment in Rising STARS initiative, making it possible for programs to achieve higher STAR levelsand serve more at-risk children. • Expectation to expand Keystone STARS to all regulated child care programs as part of Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant • Head Start Supplemental –Sustaining services to reach 5,590 children, 808 of these slots are for Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program.
Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2014-15 Sustain services for children in: • Nurse-Family Partnership – Sustaining to reach 9,870 children and families.* • Parent-Child Home Program – Sustaining services to reach approximately 200 children and families. *Additional children served through federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) funding
Proposed “Ready to Learn” block grant • Pre-k to grade three curriculum alignment • Training to support early literacy and STEM • Pre-k to Grade 3 extended day learning opportunities • Pre-kindergarten • Full-day kindergarten
References in Governor’s proposed budget Listed below are the appropriations by Department and the page number on which you can find these appropriations in the Governor’s budget proposal. The full document is available online at www.budget.state.pa.us OCDEL programs can be found in the Governor's Executive Budget on pages: DPW programs E.37.3, E.37.6, E37.7, E.37.9, E37.11, E37.33, E37.34, E37.39 PDE programs E15.3, E15.4, E15.6, E15.9, E15.10, E15.11, E15.18 * Proposal to include all regulated child care programs in Keystone STARS, which would serve nearly 270,800 children in STARS programs. This is part of Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant
Children served, 2012-13, est. 2013-14 and Governor’s proposed 2014-15