More Than 350 Organizations Support Governor’s Child Care Budget

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In a message to Governor Tom Wolf and members of the General Assembly, more than 350 organizations and child care providers asked for a final budget to avoid further cuts to aid for working families and move closer to the investment proposed in Governor Wolf’s budget.“For thousands of Pennsylvanians, child care assistance is the lifeline that allows them to work and provide for their families,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “As we work towards a final budget agreement, we cannot lose sight of investments that support working families. By taking a balanced approach, we can address the long-term deficit and continue to support these programs.”According to their message, over the last several years, child care line items have seen net decreases, including a significant $20 million cut in state funds in FY ’16-’17. In Governor Wolf’s budget proposal, it included a $35 million increase for child care to begin to reverse this trend. However, the House responded with another $28 million cut to FY ’16-’17 levels.The complete message and list of organizations:To: The Honorable Members of the Pennsylvania Senate The Honorable Members of the Pennsylvania House The Honorable Tom Wolf Governor of PennsylvaniaAs organizations concerned with access to high quality early childhood programs, we thank you for your interest in supporting early learning programs.Over the last several years, child care line items have seen net decreases, including a significant $20 million cut in state funds in FY ’16-’17. In the Governor’s budget proposal, he included a $35 million increase for child care to begin to reverse this trend. However, the House responded with another $28 million cut to FY ’16-’17 levels. We urge the cuts be restored and serious consideration given to the governor’s requested increase.Increased funding for child care is needed for many reasons, including:The child care subsidy waiting list is nearly 13,500 children and some families have now waited over a year. These families have been determined eligible and are working, in training, or in school. They have had to piece together child care arrangements for their children. Child care is a program that works for working families. It is not a free program. Parents pay approximately 8% of their income as a co-pay. With a looming $3 billion deficit, we should want to keep families working and paying taxes.Child care payment rates haven’t increased in a decade. As we continue to invest in pre-k, providers are unable to support their programs for infants and toddlers at the existing rates. Base rates are what pay for basic costs like rent, utilities, insurance, staff salaries – all of these costs have increased while the state’s rates have remained stagnant.The child care workforce is underpaid and reliant on public benefits. The average wage for a teacher working in a child care program is just $9.42/hour, making many eligible for public benefits themselves. Low pay creates high turnover rates and a lack of qualified, quality staff.Appropriately funded child care programs are the foundation of our state’s Pre-K system.  Our STAR 3 and STAR 4 providers offer high-quality early learning experiences, similar to those delivered in other pre-k settings. Child care also serves infants, toddlers, preschool, and sometimes school-age children. They operate between 10 and 12 hours per day, 12 months a year. But our state reimbursement rate fails to recognize and support those costs. Expansion of our state’s pre-k programs relies, in part, on a sufficient supply of high-quality child care facilities.Finally, the budget moved forth by the House alleges that cuts to child care are an attempt to reduce administrative costs for the subsidy program by moving the program from Child Care Information Services (CCIS) to County Assistance Offices (CAOs). We believe this is unlikely to produce the cost savings suggested. Subsidy administration is more than eligibility determination; it requires a range of support services to meet federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) requirements.Evidence of efficiencies in the system can be seen from when the TANF child care subsidy system was moved from the CAOs and unified with the low-income working families program under CCIS agencies in 2007. In the first year, CCIS agencies saved $42 million through coordinated system efficiencies and reductions to administrative overhead as well as by identifying waste, fraud and abuse. Finally, CCIS consolidation improved parent counseling and referral, leading more children to enroll in reliable, regulated, and high-quality child care. To continue to pursue system efficiencies and administrative cost reductions, DHS and OCDEL are preparing to issue a RFA that would consolidate a number of services including CCIS and The Regional Keys.Looking to the 2017-18 state budget, we urge you to make the necessary investments so that children and families can receive high-quality child care. Specifically, we ask that you restore cuts to child care proposed by the House and consider increasing the investment above the current fiscal year towards the Governor’s $35 million proposed funding increase.Thank you for taking time to consider this correspondence.Sincerely,A Childs First Step, PhiladelphiaA Child’s Nest, FolcroftA Child’s World Day Care Center, RankinA Mother’s Touch Center for Child Development, SharonA State of Play, PhiladelphiaA+ Schools, PittsburghAa to Zz Child Care and Learning Center, HersheyABC Academy, CarbondaleABC Academy, LeechburgABC Kiddie Kampus, PittstonAdja Little Sunshine Family Childcare, PhiladelphiaAdventure Alley Children’s Learning Center, PhiladelphiaAkira Academy Preschool, PhiladelphiaAll About Kids Early Learning Center, HarrisburgAll Kids are Special, New KensingtonAll My Children Learning Center, SoudertonAllies for Children, PittsburghAmazing Kidz Academy LLC, PhiladelphiaAmy Elliott Family Child Care Home, ShippensburgAnd Academy, LeechburgAnd Still I Rise Youth Development Program, PhiladelphiaAnn Casger’s Day Care, MifflintownAppleseed Learning Center, LeechburgApril Bell, VandergriftArtisan Child Care Center, LLC, AllentownAunt Di’s Child Care Services, PhiladelphiaBarb’s-Care-A lot, HarborcreekBarbie’s Lil Schoolhouse, PittsburghBASD-Miller Heights Child Care, BethlehemBeautiful Beginnings Childcare Center, Inc., PhiladelphiaBegin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc., AltoonaBeth Shalom Early Learning, PittsburghBethlehem Area School District Child Care, BethlehemBloom Early Education Centers, Inc., SwoyersvilleBright Horizons at Lancaster Laboratories, LeolaBright Ideas Childcare and Preschool, Inc., AltoonaBright Star Learning Center, New CastleBuilding Blocks, MalvernBuilding Bridges Daycare, LLC, ReadingBullfrogs and Butterflies, New BrightonButler County Children’s Center, Inc., ButlerButler County Early Care Education Council, ButlerCapital Area Head Start, HarrisburgCare-A-Lot Learning Center, PhiladelphiaCareer & Workforce Development Center, PittsburghCatholic Social Services – Casa Del Carmen, PhiladelphiaCCIS Carbon County, Jim ThorpeCCIS of Blair/Huntingdon Counties, AltoonaCCIS of Bucks County, DoylestownCCIS of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Co, SunburyCCIS of Lackawanna County, ScrantonCCIS of Westmoreland County, GreensburgCCP, HarrisburgCentral Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, New StantonChanging the World Family Child Care LLC, PhiladelphiaChelten Child Development Center, DresherChild Advocates of Blair County, AltoonaChild Care, JeannetteChild Care Consultants, YorkChild Care Information Services of Berks County, ReadingChild Care Information Services, Inc., BethlehemChild Care Services, Mt. PleasantChild Development and Family Council of Centre County, Inc., State CollegeChildren Central, LanghorneChildhood Enrichment Therapy, TraffordChildren of the Ark Day Care, LewistownChildren R Cherished Preschool & Childcare, WilmerdingChildren’s Aid Society, ClearfieldChildren’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PittsburghChildren’s Village, PhiladelphiaChildspace Mt Airy, PhiladelphiaChildspace Too Day Care Center, PhiladelphiaChinatown Learning Center, PhiladelphiaChrist Church Preschool, MediaChrist Cornerstone Academy, SteeltonClearfield County League of Social Services, Inc., HydeColleen DiStefano Family Daycare, BensalemCommunity YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, LansdowneCook, GreensburgCoordinated Child Care Services of NEPA, Wilkes-BarreCounty Angel Kisses, IndianaCrafton Children’s Corner, PittsburghCreative Beginnings, PhiladelphiaCreative Beginnings, RockledgeCreative Garden, LLC, PunxsutawneyCreative Kidz Daycare, PhiladelphiaCreative Learning Center of the LV, Inc., EastonCreative Learning Environments Inc., AstonCreative Play Day School, ToughkenamonCreative Pre School and Day Care, Inc., SharpsvilleCressman’s Family Child Care, DanvilleCuddle Zone Learning Center, AllentownDanville Child Development Center, DanvilleDar Al-Huda Early Learning Academy, PhiladelphiaDay Nursery Association, ScrantonDelaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, PhiladelphiaDELCO Early Learning Center, Drexel HillDevelopment of Greatness, PhiladelphiaDianne Irwin Family Day Care Home., MeadvilleDiscount School Supply, PittsburghDiscover the World Children Center, Inc., SayreDixon Learning Academy, PhiladelphiaDonnetta’s Family Daycare, PhiladelphiaDougherty’s Daycare, New CastleDouglas Academy, West HomesteadDreamers & Achievers Childcare & Preschool, PitcairnDrueding Center, PhiladelphiaEarly Foundations, PhiladelphiaEach One Teach One Family Cent, GreensburgEducation Law Center, Philadelphia/PittsburghEducational Building Blocks, Inc., YorkElizabeth Miller Consultant, LewistownElizabeth Porter, SayreEpiscopal Community Services, PhiladelphiaEvangel Heights Child Dev Center, SarverFamily Child Care Provider, ChambersburgFamily Matters Child Care, PhiladelphiaFederation Early Learning Services, PhiladelphiaFirst Bethel Kings School Kids, Bethel ParkFirst Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, LevittownFlexible, PittsburghFoulkeways Child Care Center, GwyneddFoundations for Learning Preschool, BedfordFranklin County Democratic Women’s Club, ShippensburgFriends Schoolhouse, State CollegeGan Chabad, PhiladelphiaGettysburg’s Growing Place, GettysburgGoddard School of King of Prussia, King of PrussiaGoing Places, MeadvilleGood Shepherd Daycare, Glen RockGrace Trinity, PhiladelphiaGreat Expectations, LatrobeGreater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence, PittsburghGrow and Learn Centers, Inc. dba A Child’s Nest, FolcroftGrowing Moments LLC, PhiladelphiaHansel & Gretel Early Learning Center, HarrisburgHere We Grow Daycare, PhiladelphiaHeavenly Made Creations Family Child Care, PhiladelphiaHilltop Community Children’s Center, PittsburghHoly Trinity Preschool, WallingfordHomewood Brushton Family Support, PittsburghHoneyland Child Care Center, Willow GroveHouse Hosanna, PittsburghHugs Away From Home, VeronaHUGS Daycare, HarleysvilleIn The Beginning Place, HarrisburgIndiana County Child Day Care Program, Inc., IndianaIndiana School District, IndianaInspiration Station Early Learning Center, Camp HillJC Academy of Excellence, PhiladelphiaJean Garnett Family Child Care Home, CroydonJennersville YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center, West GroveJennifer Nartic, West NewtonJennifer Reitz Family Daycare, PunxsutawneyJeremiah’s Place, PittsburghJust Like Home Group Daycare, ChesterKencrest Services, PhiladelphiaKiddie Garden Day Care, PhiladelphiaKids Academy, HarrisburgKids Connection Learning Center, LLC, Sharon HillKids First, AltoonaKids Land Childcare Center, PhiladelphiaKidz R’SPECIAL Day Care, PhiladelphiaKim Sass’s Family Day Care, CurwensvilleKimberly Roy Family Day Care, PunxsutawneyKinderCare Education, North HuntingdonKinderCare Education, LanghorneKinderCare Education LLC, HarrisburgKingdom Seeds Child Care, PhiladelphiaKochenderfer Christian Day Care, LebanonKozy Kastle School Age Program, AthensKristina Garner Family Child Care Home, WashingtonLackawanna Human Development Agency, Inc., ScrantonLancaster Early Education Center, LancasterLancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, LebanonLatrobe Kinder Schull, LatrobeLearn N Play Daycare, LLC, BathLearning Ladder Academy, LLC, MohntonLearning Laughing and Growing Childcare, PhiladelphiaLehigh Valley Children’s Centers, Inc., AllentownLene’s Daily Child Care, Inc., PhiladelphiaLi’l Bucks Partners in Learning, JamisonLife Ticket Church, HerndonLil’ Bits FCCH, PhiladelphiaLititz Christian Early Learning Center, LititzLittle Einsteins Early Learning Center, PhiladelphiaLittle Hands Childcare, DuboisLittle Learners Literacy Academy, PhiladelphiaLittle Munchkins Learning Center (LMLC, LLC.), ConshohockenLittle People Country Club, EastonLittle People Day Care School, ScrantonLittle People, Little Stars Early Learning Center, PhiladelphiaLittle Peoples Child Care LLC, CurwensvilleLittle Stars of Tomorrow, Sharon HillLorna Family Childcare Home, ButlerLoving Hearts Daycare, MiddleburgLoving Hearts Daycare, SelinsgroveLuthercare for Kids Lancaster, LancasterLVCC’s Early Learning Center, AllentownMaria Pena Family Child Care Home, PhiladelphiaMemorable Moments, PhiladelphiaMiddlecreek Area Community Center, Beaver SpringsMillennium Daycare, JermynMiss Marty’s Pre School, PhiladelphiaMission Committee of Wayne Presbyterian Church, WayneMontgomery County Court Child Care Center, NorristownMontgomery Early Learning Centers, NarberthMoppets on Mulberry, TowandaMrs. Connie’s Family Child Care, LLC, Philadelphia, PAMt. Ararat, PittsburghMt. Top Kids, Mountain TopMy First Child Day Care Home LLC, AllentownNat’s Day Care, PhiladelphiaNeshaminy Kids Club, LanghorneNIA Learning Center, Inc., PhiladelphiaNorma De Hoyos Day Care 2, ReadingNorth Penn YMCA, HarleysvilleNortheastern Childcare Services, ScrantonOak Lane Day Care, West ChesterOaks Early Learning Center, OaksOlde City Day School, PhiladelphiaOnce Upon A Time Early Learning Center, WashingtonOne Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PAOtterbein Early Education Center, Mount WolfPanda Preschool & Daycare, BurnhamParent Infant Center, PhiladelphiaPast Your Bedtime Childcare, PhiladelphiaPenn Pals Child Care Center, JeannettePennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics, MediaPennsylvania Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA), MountvillePennsylvania Child Care Association, LemoynePennsylvania Council of Churches, HarrisburgPennsylvania Head Start Association, HarrisburgPennsylvania Home-Based Child Care Providers Association, ClearfieldPennsylvania Partnerships for Children, HarrisburgPeople for People ECDC, PhiladelphiaPittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, PittsburghPittsburgh Public Schools, PittsburghPNC Bank, New KensingtonPocono Services for Families and Children, TobyhannaPre-K Kids Learning Center, New CastlePre-School Power, PhiladelphiaPrecious Life, NorristownProdigy Learning Center, PhiladelphiaPublic Citizens for Children and Youth, PhiladelphiaQueen Lane ‘Montessori School, PhiladelphiaRebecca Fite Home Day Care, LewistownRenee’s Child Care, PhiladelphiaRetikis Open Arms Child Care, HarrisburgRhonda’s Daycare, FarrellRising Sun Children’s Center, PhiladelphiaRoaring Spring Blank Book Co, Roaring SpringRosebuds Lil Explorers Early Learning Center, CoatesvilleSally’s House Family Child Care, Morton, PA 19070Sayre Child Center, BethlehemScott Family Day Care, PhiladelphiaScranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency, ScrantonSettlement Music School/Kaleidoscope, PhiladelphiaShady Lane School, PittsburghShane’s Friends, PhiladelphiaSharis Mu’Min’s Family Childcare, PhiladelphiaSign Say Learning Center, Fairless HillsSmall Wonders In-Home Childcare, LLC, NorristownSmall World Early Learning and Development Centers, PittsburghSmartKids, HoustonSnyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc., MifflinburgSonshine Child Care Inc., CleonaSonshine Christian Academy, Drexel HillSPIN Inc., PhiladelphiaSpring Garden Academy, PhiladelphiaSt. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd Learning Center, DouglassvilleSt. James Lutheran Church Child Care Center, GettysburgSt. John’s Daycare, NazarethSt. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church Day Care, BoyertownSt. Paul Children’s Center, ChambersburgSt. Paul’s Child Development Center, DouglassvilleSt. Paul’s Christian Preschool, State CollegeStay N Play Day Care, Homer CityStepping Stones Preschool, Columbia Cross RoadsSteps to Success, Inc., LeolaStreet Family Day Care, PittsburghSun Bright Childcare, PhiladelphiaSunoco, SayreSunrise USA LLC, ColumbiaSunshine Corners Daycare, StrasburgSweet Pea Patch, EdinburghTamaqua Child Care, TamaquaTamila, Inc., dba Little Wonders Day Care Center, PhiladelphiaTEKStart, PittsburghTender Care Learning Center, CranberryTender Care Learning Center, Lower BurrellTender Care Learning Centers, MurrysvilleTender Care Learning Centers, PittsburghTender Years Family Child Care, PhiladelphiaTerri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, King of PrussiaThe Believing Children Academy, PhiladelphiaThe Bear and The Bean’s Play Care, MechanicsburgThe Children’s Center, Volunteers of America, AllentownThe Cuddle Zone Learning Center, AllentownThe Goddard School, King of PrussiaThe Goddard School, WayneThe Goddard School, West ChesterThe Growing Place Child Care Centers, KresgevilleThe Growing Tree, East StroudsburgThe Integrated Care Corporation, LigonierThe Kreig Institute for Early Childhood Education, MoosicThe Learning Center, PittsburghThe Learning Station, State CollegeThe PACT Program, JeannetteThe Pooh Day Care Center, Mount CarmelThe Torre Academy, PhiladelphiaThe Whole Child Learning Center, ElversonThird Street Alliance, EastonTick Tock Early Learning Center, AvondaleTina’s Lil Busy Bodies, PhiladelphiaTiny Hearts Family Day Care, PhiladelphiaTiny Tiles Kingdom Daycare LLC, MonessenTiny Tot Child Development Center, RochesterTiny Tots Childcare & Learning Center, Mount UnionTiny Tots Childcare & Learning Center, Shade GapTiny Tots Learning Center Inc., QuakertownTMCS, GreensburgToday’s Child Learning Center, LansdowneTots Yearn To Learn Montessori, PhiladelphiaTracy Catherman, WellsboroTreana’s Little Castle Learning Center, PhiladelphiaTrinity Cooperative Day Nursery, SwarthmoreTrinity Playgroup, Philadelphia, PaTwylia Bullock’s Child Care Center, RomeU-Haul, DarraghUNC-Bellevue Center, ScrantonUnion Church Child Care, McKees RocksUnited Neighborhood Centers, ScrantonUnited Way of Columbia County, BloomsburgUnited Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, PhiladelphiaUnited Way of Lancaster, LancasterUnited Way of Pennsylvania, HarrisburgUnited Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, PittsburghUniversity of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, PittsburgUsha Ramamurthy Family Child Care Provider, MechanicsburgValley Points Family YMCA, New KensingtonVilla Day Care Center, Inc., ShenandoahVision Childcare, MarsWarwick Child Care Center, Inc., ExtonWee Care Day Care, New EagleWelles Group Child Care Home, ChesterWestmoreland Community Action, GreensburgWhole Child Learning Center, ExtonWilkes University, Wilkes-BarreWillie Wee Learning Center, BristolYMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, PittsburghYou’re SomeBoddie Special, PhiladelphiaYWCA Child Care Adams Commerce Center, GettysburgYWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, PittsburghYWCA of York, York More Than 350 Organizations Support Governor’s Child Care Budgetcenter_img June 20, 2017last_img read more