Federal Child Care Funds Critical to Reopening PA

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Start Strong PA Coalition to Release Plan to Utilize $1.2 Billion in Federal American Rescue Funds

HARRISBURG (June 10, 2021) – On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Start Strong PA will host a virtual forum to release recommendations for Pennsylvania’s $1.2 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) child care funding. The recommendations were developed with feedback gathered from over 1,000 child care providers and working parents as well as a statewide survey conducted in May 2021.

Participants will outline recommendations that can be enacted as part of the final budget deal that will provide much needed immediate relief for the child care sector and families.

The closure of hundreds of child care providers over the course of the pandemic has created access issues for many of Pennsylvania’s families trying to return to work. The rapid deployment of federal funds to stabilize the sector and ensure access for working families is critical to reopening PA.

WHO: Leslie Spina, Executive Director, Kinder Academy, Inc., Philadelphia County

Stephanie Tapp, Parent, Allegheny County

Carol Austin, Executive Director, First Up

Diane Barber, Executive Director, PA Child Care Association

Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director, Trying Together

Jen DeBell, Executive Director, PA Association for the Education of Young Children

WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Virtual forum, with registration required.


Start Strong PA is an initiative of Early Learning PA. Through a statewide collaboration of partners, Start Strong PA aims to support healthy child development, working families, and the economy by increasing access to and affordability of high-quality child care programs for young children. Learn more at www.startstrongpa.org.


Information provided to TVL on behalf of Start Strong PA by:
Jan Schwartz