Blog | July 22, 2021

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - The Pennsylvania Office

Learn more about the history of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania

2001: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids opens its Pennsylvania state office. In April, they hold a media event with Senator Arlen Specter in Harrisburg promoting investments in early childhood.

2003: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania helps win the state’s first-ever investment in pre-K with $15 million for the new Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program line item. In doing so, they helped to end Pennsylvania’s “distinction” at the time of being one of only nine states that did not invest any of its own money in pre-k

2007: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania helps to win the the establishment of PA’s Pre-K Counts Program with a $75 million investment, bringing high-quality early learning statewide.

2015: The Pennsylvania office conducts a press conference with PA Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, former Governor Tom Wolf, four district attorneys, a police chief and a sheriff at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Camp Hill to release a new pre-k report that helped win $30 million in new pre-k funding.

When a Pennsylvania representative asked Corrections Secretary Wetzel, ‘If we could put money anywhere in the state budget to help reduce your costs, where would it be?’ Corrections Secretary Wetzel immediately responded: ‘early childhood education.’

2017: The Pennsylvania office helps win $4.7 million in funding in a new competitive grant program for the evidence-based home visiting programs operating in Pennsylvania.

2020: Pennsylvania’s streak of eight consecutive years of increasing investment in the state’s two pre-k line items ends due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The $135 million added during this time means that Pennsylvania has gone from $0 state investment in pre-k in 2002 to $281 million annually today.


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