State Policy & Budget Issues

Early Care & Education Funding

Pennsylvania uses a mix of state and federal funds to administer its early learning system. Typically, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February the Governor proposes a budget for the next fiscal year. The General Assembly reviews and proposes a version that in collaboration with the Administration becomes the foundation for Pennsylvania fiscal and policy agenda for the next year.

Child care funding for subsidies and grants come from federal and state funds. Funding for child care includes federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) legislation and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Money from this legislation is earmarked for child care subsidies, increasing quality, etc. The state budget determines exactly where the TANF & CCDF money will be spent (mostly through the PA Department of Human Services) and allocates state funds as well. Additional state funding is used to support Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. PACCA monitors budget negotiations and keeps members updated on developments.

Pennsylvania Capitol A brief paper providing an overview of Pennsylvania's Subsidized Child Care System.

Department of Human Service Proposes Changes to Child Care Facility Regulations | 10/13/2018

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has proposed changes to the child care certification regulations Chapters 3270, 3280, and 3290. Comments are due by November 13, 2018. Most of the proposed changes to the regulations are required to address changes in the Child Care and Development Block Grant. The changes include:

  • Chapters 3270; 3280; 3290. Replacement of the words “day care” with “child care” throughout the body of the regulations.
  • Chapters 3270.11 (g); 3280.11 (h); 3290.11 (k). Annual Unannounced Inspections
  • Chapter 3290.11. Certification of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH)
  • Chapters 3270.11 (c); 3280.11(c); 3290.11 (i). Announced Pre-Certification Inspection
  • Chapters 3270.31 (f); 3280.31 (f); 3290.11 (b); 3290.31 (g). Pre-Certification in Ten Health & Safety Areas
  • Chapters 3270.27; 3280.26 (a) (b); 3290.24 (a) – (g). Emergency Plan
  • Chapters 3270.31 (e); 3280.31 (e); 3290.31 (f). Increased Annual Professional Development
  • Chapters 3270.11; 3280.11; 3290.11. Certification Process
  • Chapter 3270.4; 3280.4; 3290.4. Definition of the Volunteer
  • Chapter 3290. 4. Definition of Relative
  • Chapters 3270.131 (a); 3280.131 (a); 3290.131 (a) Health Information
  • Chapter 3290.113 (f). Supervision of Children
  • Chapter 3290.113 (g). Supervision of Children

PACCA encourages members to submit comments to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission or the Department of Human Services. All comments, suggestions or objections must reference the Regulation Chapter, Number, and Section and Subsection.

Follow this link to PACCA’s comments on the proposed changes to the regulations. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission needs to hear about those regulatory changes with which you agree and those with which you disagree. You can use PACCA’s comments to draft your own unique comments to the proposed changes. We encourage you to modify this template to reflect your own thoughts, expertise, and experience. Please personalize your comments. You may or may not agree with PACCA’s comments, but we hope we have justified our positions. 

COMMENTS ARE DUE BY November 13, 2018
Comments may be directly submitted to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission via email to

Or to the Department of Human Services …

via email to:  
via fax: 717-787-1529
via US mail: Tamula Ferguson Bureau of Certification Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning Department of Human Services 333 Market Street, 6th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17105

Child Care Rate Increase Highlights FY 2018-2019 Pennsylvania Budget | 6/25/2018

Early evening Friday, June 22, 2018, Governor Wolf signed the bi-partisan FY 18-19 Pennsylvania Budget. For the first time in eleven years, the budget includes funds to increase child care base rates using federal funds. The budget also includes $6.8 million in state funds to address the rapidly increasing child care waiting list. Pre-K Counts and Head Start also so increases in funding for the new year. Based on information from the Governor's Office ...

$6.8 million in increased funds for child care services will be paired with $50 million in federal funding to: