McCarter, House Democratic Policy Committee explore pre-K funding in Pa.

WYNCOTE, March. 10 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee today at Curtis Hall to discuss the value of pre-K education funding and how to ensure it’s properly funded in Pennsylvania.

McCarter requested the hearing, which took place in Wyncote, and served as co-chairperson along with House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

"There’s no bipartisan arguing on the fact that pre-K education funding goes a long way in ensuring that our children have a solid footing to their educational careers," McCarter said. "Gov. Wolf is asking the legislature to fully support pre-K funding, and I truly believe an increase in funding now will save countless dollars in the years to come. It’s often said that our children are our future, and investing in pre-K education is an investment in Pennsylvania’s future."

"As a former educator, Representative McCarter fully understands how powerful of a tool a solid education can be," Sturla said. "This hearing provided further proof as to how investing in our children’s education at an early age will benefit both them and all of Pennsylvania for years to come."

Those testifying at the hearing included: Tracy Campanini, director of Bureau of Early Learning Services, Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services; Maddy Malis, president & CEO of Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) and co-chair of the Southeastern PA Early Childhood Coalition; Mary Jo Grieve, public policy field organizer, Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children; Dr. Beth DelConte, MD, FAAP, pediatric advisor for Early Childhood Education Linkage Systems (ECELS)/Healthy Child Care PA, PA Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics; Barbara Saverino, director of public policy, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; and Bruce Clash, Pennsylvania state director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

For hearing testimony and more information about the Policy Committee, visit