Governor's Budget Released for 2014-15
Release Date: February 5, 2014
The Governor's Budget Proposal
Yesterday, Governor Corbett shared his 2014-15 proposed budget that would spend $29.4 billion, $927 million, or 3.3% more than the current fiscal year. While we continue to sort through this spending plan, here is a summary of the Early Learning line items:
- Increases funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts by $10 million allowing an additional 1,670 children to be served.
- Maintains the same level of funding for Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP).
- Increases child care services funding by $18K. The Governor proposes using $15 million in new federal funding from Child Care and Development Block Grant to provide services for 2,895 additional children.
- Increases funding for Early Intervention (0-3 years old) by $4.192 million, and $841K for 3-5 year olds which provides critical services to children with disabilities and developmental delays.
- Maintains the same level of funding for Nurse Family-Partnerships, a home visiting program that pairs registered nurses with at-risk expectant mothers to encourage healthy pregnancies and healthy child development. Family centers also are being level funded.
In the coming days, we will continue to provide you with more details of the budget proposal. Be sure to check our website often.
Likewise, over these next few months the budget will be negotiated and we will need your help in keeping quality early learning and care in front of our elected officials. Your voice is critical in making this issue a priority—thank you for continuing to raise your voice to protect and support our children.