FY 22-23 Budget signed with new & expanded ECE investments
Using a combination of Federal American Rescue Plan Act and State funding investments the General Assembly invested in existing programs, expanded access and created a new Child Care ad Dependent Care Tax Credit.
In summary, the final 2022-23 Pennsylvania state budget includes:
- $25 million in Child Care Services specifically to serve families currently enrolled in Child Care Works up to 300% of poverty or the state median income (whichever is lower). (Not ARPA)
- Level funding for the state Child Care Assistance line item.
- $90 million in federal funding to provide one-time child care staff recruitment and retention bonuses. (ARPA)
- $60 million in additional funding for the state’s Pre-K Counts program, which will serve over 2,300 additional young children. (There is a rate increase indicated as a % calculation.)
- $19 million in additional funding for the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.
- $15 million in additional funding for evidence-based home visiting in the Community-Based Family Center line item and $1 million for the Nurse-Family Partnership line item.
- $9.3 million for the Early Intervention Part C (infants and toddlers) program through DHS (this figure also appears as $12.2 million when stimulus dollars are not included).
- $10 million for the Early Intervention Part B (age-three-to-five) program through PDE.
- Creation of a Pennsylvania Dependent and Child Care Enhancement Program equal to 30% of the federal credit to support working families. – (The maximum amount of credit that a taxpayer could receive is $315 for one dependent and $630 for two or more dependents.)
- Increases EITC-Preschool Scholarships by $8 million to $20.5 million.