Governor Presents His Final Budget for FY 22-23

Once again, Governor Wolf's budget proposal contains no new state funding for child care, but reiterated the use of Federal American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) to sustain the Child Care Works base-rate increase to the 60th percentile, maintain a 7% co-pay for families, and an add-on for non-traditional hour care implemented in January 2022. A total of $352.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan child care funds are being used to support these initiatives through the first quarter of the 2024-25 fiscal year, with $128 million specifically dedicated for the FY 2022-23 fiscal year. Since the beginning of Rendell Administration, Pennsylvania has seen relatively consistent growth. However, as state funds have increased, the dollars and child care's share of investments have declined, as a results of the the actual dollars  remaining relatively stagnant. Read more