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ICYMI: Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education Program Turns 10

October 27, 2017
Fox 12

HARRISBURG, Pa.Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This month, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera and Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the creation of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) at the Early Childhood Education Summit in State College.

“The 10-year anniversary of OCDEL marks a highlight in the commonwealth’s history, an event that officially formed a support network for Pennsylvania’s educators, students, families, and social workers,” said Sec. Rivera. “Today, the Office continues to advance its founding mission: to improve the lives of Pennsylvania’s youngest children, their families, and communities. It is a charge that could not be more vital to the well-being of children and youth, but also our state.”

OCDEL’s creation in 2007 marked a significant milestone for early childhood education in Pennsylvania, but was also an unprecedented collaboration between two state agencies that inspired change at a national level. After Pennsylvania’s creation of OCDEL, a similar partnership was formed between the United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Research suggests that children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs perform better in school, graduate at higher rates, and earn more throughout their lives compared to their peers who do not have access to early learning programs.