Restore Funding to T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania
Without high quality early childhood education, far too many young children enter school without the skills they need to succeed. Since 1998, T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania has enabled more than 5,000 child care workers to earn early childhood education credentials and offer young children the high quality experiences they need. This fall, 1800 individuals were planning to continue their education with the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship; but Governor Corbett agreed to a final budget deal that eliminates ALL funding for TEACH Scholarships.
All of Pennsylvania’s quality initiatives, Keystone STARS, PreK Counts and Head Start State Supplemental program rely on high teacher credentials as a key component to ensuring quality. These efforts will be critically undermined without the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program.
We, the undersigned, call on Governor Corbett to restore the cuts to the T.E.A.C.H. program, and to do so without making any further cuts to the subsidized child care program.