Harrisburg, PA – Lawmakers and activists joined together in Harrisburg recently, calling for early childhood learning programs in the state to get better funding.

Start Strong PA is a statewide advocacy campaign to increase access to affordable, high-quality child care for Pennsylvania’s families and their children through policy and investment, starting with infants and toddlers. Start Strong PA is connected to Early Learning PA (ELPA), a broad-based coalition that advocates access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all Pennsylvania children.

Senator Jay Costa and other speakers at the kick-off rally spoke about the importance of putting adequate funding behind early childhood education.

According to them, prioritizing spending on early-learning programs will save the commonwealth long-term costs because children are better prepared to graduate school on time and are well positioned to enter the workforce with good paying jobs.