Little or no progress has been made in several key areas of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s annual School Readiness report. For instance, 41.6% of Pennsylvania children age four and under are living in low-income households today. That’s roughly the same as last year.
Another area of stagnation is children’s health insurance. About 5.2% of children age four and under currently lack it, compared to some 5% in the previous year.
This is the first year that county-specific data on school readiness has been made available.
PPC spokesman Mike Race says Pennsylvania cannot defer investments in young learners. “A child only has one window of opportunity when they’re three or four years old,” Race says. “If we don’t take advantage of that window of opportunity… it’s lost forever.”
Pennsylvania did make progress in a few areas in the 2012 report, as thousands more Pennsylvania children are receiving early intervention services and high-quality child care.