Solomon champions quality child care in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – With a thriving child care center in his district as the backdrop, state Rep. Jared Solomon today highlighted the ongoing need for quality child care in underserved areas in the 202nd Legislative District and throughout the commonwealth.

Solomon held a news conference at Bustleton Learning Center and was joined by Aliya Johnson-Roberts, the center’s executive director. The center recently opened and is an expansion of Pratt Street Learning Center, which received a STAR 4 rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone STARS program.

"I am excited to celebrate Bustleton Learning Center and how they provide such high-quality child care to the children of my district," Solomon said. "Not only did they breathe new life into a vacant building at a vital intersection for our neighborhood, they are also a fantastic community partner that welcomes local groups and families to use this great space." 

Solomon helped transfer the vacant building at Bustleton and Magee avenues into the Bustleton Learning Center through the Fund for Quality, a grant program that strives to create and maintain high-quality child care.

"State Representative Solomon has been really active and supportive from the beginning. We are really excited to be the high-quality program moving into the area. He not only supports us in the early child care but in becoming a HUB in the community. We are thankful for our partnership with his office," Roberts said.  

Solomon co-authored H.B. 1742, which would help families identify quality child care across Pennsylvania. The bill would require all state-licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location on their websites, in the entrance to their facility, and in informational enrollment materials given to parents.