Save childcare. Save the economy.

Save childcare. Save the economy.

The current economic crisis is threatening PA’s early learning system.

According to a Penn State University study of COVID-19’s impact on Pennsylvania’s childcare industry, the pandemic is costing the child care sector an extra $22 per week, per child to operate. It is estimated to have impacted PA child care providers with $325 million in new costs and revenues through Labor Day, and that number continues to rise as the days go by.

In addition to increased costs, 88 percent of open childcare providers are serving fewer children. Provider revenue has significantly decreased with overall enrollment down by 66 percent.

More than 300 providers have already closed permanently and more than 1,000 additional providers are at risk of closure.

COVID-19 has forced childcare programs into a series of impossible choices between health, safety, quality, and financial solvency. Chronically underfunded and operating with razor thin margins even before the pandemic, our childcare system is in a crisis.

Join providers, parents, advocates and allies from across Pennsylvania to tell Governor Wolf and the General Assembly that they must include funding in state budget negotiations to keep early learning strong. 

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