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Last Updated: May 21, 2024

Working families in Pennsylvania need accessible, affordable, quality child care and early learning opportunities for their children. 

Currently, federal and state early learning programs reach thousands of young children and their families in Pennsylvania. But too many working families in Pennsylvania are missing out. As a direct result of child care issues, the Pennsylvania economy loses millions of dollars each year in the form of lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. 

Facts about Pennsylvania
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There are 843k children ages 5 and under in Pennsylvania

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67% of these children have all available parents in the workforce

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The typical annual cost of child care in Pennsylvania is around $10,000

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The Child Care and Development Block Grant only reaches 19% of eligible families. This federal program helps low-income parents afford child care

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Pennsylvania’s economy loses $4.4B annually due to child care challenges

Pennsylvania: In The Headlines

A new Senate bill would let parents collect up to $8,000 in tax credits for day care, child care, and nannies

The Philadelphia Inquirer | January 24, 2024

The bill, sponsored by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey would increase the maximum credit a family can receive to $4,000 per child, capped at $8,000 in tax credits overall.

Staff Shortages Are Creating a Child Care Crisis

WDIY | January 31, 2024

A recent survey conducted by the Policy Lab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia illustrates the staffing crisis at hundreds of Pennsylvania child care programs.

Former governors urge bipartisan support for universal Pre-K

Standard-Speaker | February 5, 2024

Few issues in Pennsylvania have united Republicans and Democrats over the years like the prospect of ensuring that our youngest learners are ready to succeed through high-quality pre-K programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start.

Pennsylvania Resources & News

News

New Polling on Child Care and the 2024 Election

May 16, 2024

A new poll conducted on behalf of First Five Years Fund by the bipartisan research team of New Bridge Strategies (R) and Hart Research (D) found that, in this election …

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The First Five Questions for Congressmen Joaquin Castro and Brian Fitzpatrick

March 5, 2024

This week, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) launched its new First Five Questions series which will bring interesting leaders, experts, and voices together to talk about child care challenges and …

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New BPC Report: A Look into Child Care Workforce Licensing Requirements

February 22, 2024

Every day, early childhood educators play a crucial role in nurturing and shaping the minds of our youngest learners. Yet, the qualifications required for this essential workforce vary drastically across …

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FFYF Analysis of 2024 State of the State Addresses

February 14, 2024

Analysis of 2024 State of the State addresses given by Governors across the country found that child care, early learning, and early childhood received substantial attention across state and party …

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Total Federal TANF & State MOE Expenditures for Child Care & Early Learning in FY2022

February 8, 2024

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides federal grants to states to design and operate programs that help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. TANF plays a crucial role in …

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The First Five Things to Know About: Representative Brian Fitzpatrick

October 26, 2023

As part of an ongoing series on the bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus, the First Five Years Fund is chatting with each of the co-chairs about their role as a …

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FFYF’S 2023 State Fact Sheets

July 31, 2023

Our new analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that child care and early learning programs have tremendous impacts on young children, their families, and the economy at …

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The First Five Things to Know About: the House Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus

July 24, 2023

Addressing the child care needs of families across America is a critical element to strengthening our communities and our economy. For years, the House Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus …

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The First Five Things To Know About: A New Poll Showing Voter Support For Child Care Funding

July 16, 2023

In July 2023, Public Opinion Strategies completed a poll on behalf of the First Five Years Fund, examining voter attitudes toward the issue of child care and early childhood education …

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The First Five Things To Know About: A New Poll Showing Pennsylvania Voter Support For Child Care Funding

July 14, 2023

In July 2023, Public Opinion Strategies completed a poll on behalf of the First Five Years Fund, examining Pennsylvania voters’ attitudes toward the issue of child care and early childhood …

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New 50 State Analysis Shows Impact of Federal Child Care Program 

May 11, 2023

New analysis of all 50 states and the District of Columbia from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) shows that while the nation’s main federal child care program – the Child …

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How CCDBG Benefits Families in Your State

May 9, 2023

The Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to low-income working families with children under age 13. The majority …

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FFYF’s 2022 Child Care & Early Learning State Fact Sheets

August 2, 2022

Our analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that the existing patchwork of federal and state early learning and care programs only reaches a fraction of income-eligible families. Federal …

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Pennsylvania — Federal Support for Early Learning & Care Opportunities

June 29, 2022

High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families—while offering parents improved job stability and overall economic security. To …

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Learn About the Positive Impact of MIECHV in Your State

June 22, 2022

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides federal funds to states, territories, and tribal entities for voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services. This program was reauthorized in …

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2021 State Fact Sheets: Examining the Impact and Unmet Need of Federal & State ECE Funding

August 3, 2021

FFYF has released the latest iteration of its annual state fact sheets, which draw on numerous data sources to offer details about the early childhood opportunities in each state made …

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Pennsylvania — Federal Support for Early Learning & Care Opportunities

June 1, 2021

High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families—while offering parents improved job stability and overall economic security. To …

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States Lose Billions in Economic Activity from Child Care Breakdowns

May 24, 2021

The past year has brought on an increased awareness of the importance of child care to the economy. But even before the pandemic, families struggled to find and afford high-quality …

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FFYF Releases State Fact Sheets, Highlighting Unique Local Landscapes

September 16, 2020

This summer, FFYF released updated state fact sheets, which draw on numerous data sources to offer details about the early childhood opportunities in each state made possible through federal and state …

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Pennsylvania: Federal Support for Early Learning & Care Opportunities

June 1, 2020

High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families—while offering parents improved job stability and overall economic security. To …

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Updated Fact Sheets Show Opportunities for States

September 16, 2019

On Monday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released their 2019 Early Learning Fact Sheets which provide an overview of early learning in each state.  As in previous years, CAP’s …

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See How All 50 States Use CCDBG Funding to Support Working Families Access Quality Child Care

June 14, 2019

Yesterday, our friends at Child Care Aware of America released a series of state fact sheets on the status of funding through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) …

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Pennsylvania: Federal Support for Early Learning & Care Opportunities

June 1, 2019

High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families—while offering parents improved job stability and overall economic security. To …

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Governors Across the Country Celebrate Federal Preschool Development Grant B-5 Funding

January 30, 2019

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Education (ED) announced that 46 states and territories have been awarded funding through the Preschool …

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46 States and Territories to Receive Preschool Development Grants

January 4, 2019

Big news! 46 states and territories have been awarded funding through the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5), a $250 million competitive federal grant designed to improve states’ existing early …

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