2012-13 State Budget Passed

Release Date: July 2, 2012

On June 30, after a relentless budget negotiation, Governor Tom Corbett signed the 2012-13 Pennsylvania budget into law just minutes before the midnight deadline.


Your countless email and letter writing campaigns...legislator visits before, during, and after our May 1, Action Day...your personal phone calls...your letters to the editor...your gentle nudges to your colleagues to share their voice...all had IMPACT.


Pre-K Counts, restored ...

Head Start Supplemental, restored ...

Accountability Block Grant, restored ...


...by the legislature after the Governor initially proposed cuts to these programs in February!


Unfortunately, Child Care Services sustained a major cut of $28 million. Savings are projected through changes in regulations related to child care subsidy ($14 million) and relative/neighbor reimbursements ($10 million). OCDEL is in the process of determining how to implement the final $4 million cut. We will keep you informed of details as they emerge from OCDEL on the implementation of the 2012-2013 budget.


A detailed look:

  • Pre-K Counts - level funded ($82.8 million)
  • Head Start Supplemental Assistance - level funded ($37.3 million)
  • Child Care Works/Keystone STARS - $28 million cut
  • Accountability Block Grant - level funded ($100 million)
  • Early Intervention, birth-3 year olds - $10.2 million increase
  • Early Intervention, 3-5 year olds - $8.1 million increase
  • Nurse Family Partnership - level funded ($11.9 million)

The 2012-2013 budget totals $27.65 billion - $500 million more than what was proposed by Governor Corbett in February. Click here if you are interested to see how your legislators voted on the final budget, (Senate Bill 1466).


Please take a moment to thank those who worked to restore early learning resources throughout the budget process, and to reflect on and appreciate your hard work.


Thank you for all you do you for Pennsylvania's youngest learners.