PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — Early childhood nonprofit Trying Together has released its new 2019-2020 Public Policy Agenda. Building on key components in the previous agenda (which asked policymakers to do what’s right for children, invest adequately, and enhance quality), the 2019-20 agenda asks all levels of Pennsylvania’s government—school boards, county council/commissioners, state legislators, and Congress members—to:
- Advance the use of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in teaching and learning;
- Acknowledge child development in setting expectations and responding to behaviors;
- Make inclusive, diverse, culturally-responsive early childhood environments the norm;
- Increase access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs;
- Increase access to high-quality infant and toddler care;
- Elevate the early care and education profession;
- Ensure continuous high-quality early learning experiences in school districts serving children from birth through age four;
- Augment quality in school-age child care and out-of-school time programs; and
- Expand maintenance and availability of data that informs access, affordability, equity, and quality.
“With our first Public Policy Agenda in 2017-18, we [Trying Together] focused on key advancements that would remove barriers to access, affordability, and quality of early care and education environments. While this emphasis has not changed, the 2019-20 agenda adds a focus on school-age child care and out-of-school time programs, both key to the healthy development of young children,” said Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director at Trying Together.
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