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Governor Corbett Signs FY 2013-2014 Budget: A Look at Early Care and Education
With hours to go before the midnight deadline and the start of the new fiscal year, Governor Corbett signed the $28.4 million FY 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Budget. Overall, early childhood education funding saw increases in Pre-K Counts, Head Start, and Child Care.
- Pre-K Counts received a $4.5 million increase and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program a $1.9 million increase.
- Child Care Services funding increased by $14.3 million. This total increase includes $4.1 million in savings from the consolidation of the CCIS, $3 million from the Governor\’s budget request and an additional $7.2 million that will help buffer any losses of federal funding due to sequestration.
- Child Care Assistance lost $4.1 million. This funding was moved to Child Care Services and will help the Commonwealth reduce child care waiting lists, allowing an additional 1,400-1,600 children to be served.
SELECTED EARLY EDUCATION INVESTMENTS FY 2012-13 versus FY 2013-14
|FY 12-13 Enacted||FY 13-14 Enacted||Difference FY 12-13 vs
|Child Care Services (Child Care Works for low income families, Keystone STARS, Professional Development, etc.||$141,369,000||$155,673,000||$14,304,000|
|Child Care Assistance (Child Care Works for TANF and former TANF families)||$156,728,000||$152,609,000||-$4,119,000|
|TOTAL STATE FUNDING CHILD CARE||$298,097,000||$308,282,000||$10,185,000|
|Pre K Counts (PDE)||$82,784,000||$87,284,000||$4,500,000|
|Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (PDE)||$37,278,000||$39,178,000||$1,900,000|
|TOTAL STATE Share of Selected Early Care & Education||$418,159,000||$434,744,000||$16,585,000|
Thank you for your support, voice and hard work in advocating for high quality early education for all children in Pennsylvania!
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