Blog | August 4, 2017

Pennsylvania State Budget Recap

A win for kids and for crime prevention

On Friday, June 30, both the Pennsylvania House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the 2017-2018 state budget. On Monday, July 10, at midnight, the final $32 billion spending plan became law. Legislators are continuing work to implement parts of the budget and devise a plan to fully fund the enacted budget.

We are pleased to report that after a lot of hard work by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members, in partnership with the Pre-K for PA and Early Learning PA campaigns, the budget is a big win for Pennsylvania’s at-risk kids! It includes the following investments for early learning/family supports:

  • Increases Pre-K Counts: $25 million
  • Increases investment in Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program: $5 million (together these will serve roughly 3,300 more at-risk kids)
  • Restores 2016-17 cut to Child Care Services: $20 million
  • Maintains $11.97 million for Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program
  • New investment in evidenced-based home visiting: $4.77 million

Pre-Kindergarten Fight Crime: Invest in Kids continues to fight for increases in high-quality pre-k programs because the preponderance of scientific research (and the experience of law enforcement leaders) shows that at-risk young children who participate are significantly less likely to commit juvenile and adult crime, need special education, and repeat an early grade and are more likely to graduate from high school and be productive members of society. High-quality early education is an effective way to break the generational cycle of poverty and crime.

Home Visiting Evidence-based home visiting/parent coaching programs for at-risk families collectively strengthen parenting, reduce child abuse and neglect, improve maternal and child health and reduce healthcare costs, improve child readiness for school, reduce dependence on public assistance, reduce maternal and juvenile crime and help put families on paths to self-sufficiency.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is particularly proud of the critical role our members played in helping win the $4.77 million to create a new grant program for evidence-based home visiting providers. The gallery below demonstrates our members’ commitment to fighting for the evidence-based investments that will get Pennsylvania’s children on the right track.

  • Monroe County Sheriff Todd Martin joins Sen. Mario Scavello in Stroudsburg on May 11, 2017 at the Nurse-Family Partnership program office to discuss home visiting in the state budget. Also participating were staff for Rep. Rosemary Brown, NFP program officials, and participating parents with their young children.

    May 11, 2017 Stroudsburg, PA: Monroe County Sheriff Martin joins Sen. Scavello at the Nurse-Family Partnership program office to discuss the state budget. Also participating were staff for Rep. Brown, NFP program officials, and parents with their young children.

  • ADA Megan Stricker, representing Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub, joins county officials, home visiting program representatives, Rep. Scott Petri and staffers from four other legislative offices to discuss home visiting in Bucks County on May 19, 2017.

    May 19, 2017 Bucks County, PA: ADA Stricker, representing Bucks County DA Weintraub, joins county officials, home visiting program representatives, Rep. Petri and staff from four other legislative offices to discuss home visiting.

  • Towamencin Township Police Chief Tim Dickinson and Upper Gwynedd Township Police Chief David Duffy are joined by Sen. John Rafferty, Reps. Matt Bradford, Tim Briggs, Michael Corr, home visiting providers and participating parents at a home visiting roundtable in Norristown on May 25, 2017.

    May 25, 2017 Norristown, PA: Towamencin Township Chief Dickinson and Upper Gwynedd Township Chief Duffy are joined by Sen. Rafferty, Reps. Bradford, Briggs, Corr, home visiting providers and participating parents at a home visiting roundtable.

  • District Attorneys Edward Marsico (Dauphin), David Freed (Cumberland), Craig Stedman (speaking, Lancaster), and David Arnold (Lebanon) make the case for state investment in evidence-based home visiting programs at Pinnacle Health’s Children’s Resource Center on May 30, 2017. Also participating were PA Senators John Rafferty and Mike Regan.

    May 30, 2017 Harrisburg, PA: District Attorneys Marsico (Dauphin), Freed (Cumberland), Stedman (speaking, Lancaster), and Arnold (Lebanon) make the case for state investment in evidence-based home visiting programs at Pinnacle Health’s Children’s Resource Center. Also participating were Sens. Rafferty and Regan.

  • Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold, President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys' Association, speaks about the importance of evidence-based home visiting programs.

    May 30, 2017 Harrisburg, PA: Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold, President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association, speaks about the importance of evidence-based home visiting programs.

  • McKean County DA Stephanie Shaffer, Potter County DA Andy Watson, and Coudersport Police Chief Curt McClain join Rep. Martin Causer, county officials, home visiting program representatives and parent participants for a roundtable discussion on June 2, 2017 about the importance of home visiting programs to the region.

    June 2, 2017: McKean County DA Shaffer, Potter County DA Watson, and Coudersport Chief McClain join Rep. Causer, county officials, home visiting program reps and parents for a roundtable discussion of the importance of home visiting to the region.

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