PCCY is a leader in driving improvements in early care and education that benefit children, families and communities. Our goal is to increase access to high quality care for children from birth to school age. We convene stakeholders, share information, do our own research and analysis and provide tools so that all advocates — from parents to teachers to concerned citizens — can get involved.
In this Section:
- Suburban Counties
- Pre-K for PA
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition (SEPECC)
PCCY’s report “How Does Access to Childcare Affect High School Completion” finds that teen parents trying to go back to school are more likely to miss class because they depend on a relative or neighbor to care for their child then those who take their child to an accredited early learning center.
All families want their children to be ready to learn when they start school. Children who start behind their peers often fail to catch up. High quality pre-k gets children ready to learn, teaches them valuable social-emotional skills and cuts special education costs for schools. Although a growing share of suburban families depend on child care because both parents work (70%), many parents cannot afford the cost of good quality care.