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Gov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists
Gov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 04, 2019 Government That Works, Human Services, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of $15 million to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care to more than 900 infants and toddlers around Pennsylvania. The investment comes from the 2019-2020 budget, which included the $15 million investment in federal funds to expand access to high-quality care and reduce the subsidized child care waiting list.“Investing in early education and the future of our youngest learners – and the future of our commonwealth – is a top priority for my administration,” said Gov. Wolf. “The first few years of a child’s life have a profound influence on brain development and growth. My administration continues to invest in early education to expand access to quality programs so children can have the opportunity to excel – helping children start school ready to become life-long learners.”Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program, Child Care Works, helps families with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline access high-quality child care through financial assistance. This supports the family’s ability to work and go to school while their children spend time in early learning environments that support their development and school readiness.This investment supports eligible, low-income Pennsylvania families who have young children, specifically families with a parent or parents who are working or pursuing training opportunities, such as vocational or job-specific training, pursuing 2-year or 4-year post-secondary degree programs, internships, English as a second language programs, apprenticeships, and more.This initiative is a part of Gov. Wolf’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) that seeks to support working Pennsylvanians through expanded opportunities for workforce development, skills training, and supports like child care that help Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.Funding will be distributed through the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) around Pennsylvania for STAR 3 and 4 programs. Adding more infant and toddler slots will reduce the time infants and toddlers spend on the Child Care Works waiting lists and ensures providers have the resources, supports, and fiscal stability to achieve and maintain high-quality services. It also strengthens and maintains continuity of care for infants and toddlers in STAR 3 and 4 programs with a seamless transition to existing pre-kindergarten slots within those same programs.“The cost of child care and access to early learning programs can be a significant barrier for low-income families – often limiting their ability to go to work knowing their children are safe and cared for,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “By investing in child care opportunities, parents can confidently enter the workforce knowing their child is receiving high-quality care and early learning support. Access to care also creates lifelong impacts to break down the intergenerational cycle of poverty for the future of families across the commonwealth for years to come.”Education is a top priority for Gov. Wolf. In addition to the $15 million in federal funds to reduce waiting lists for high-quality child care, the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget provides $5 million to expand home-visiting programs for pregnant women and at-risk infants and toddlers, and $5 million for wrap-around services so parents can attend college or other training to get skills for family-sustaining jobs. The budget also provided $30 million to expand Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.For more information on child care and early child development opportunities in Pennsylvania, visit www.findchildcare.pa.gov.
“I think the issue here is really thecause of modernization of the jeeps. I am all for it, for the modernization,”said. Lacson said he backs the government’smodernization bid despite today’s nationwide transport strike against theproject. The Land Transportation Franchisingand Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is tasked to implement the PUV ModernizationProgram (PUVMP) that aims to provide a reliable, safe, adequate, accessible,environment-friendly, efficient, and comfortable public transportationservices. They also claimed that the LTFRB wantsto consolidate the franchises by way of forming corporations, adding that allcooperatives formed will ultimately be abolished and subsumed by thesecorporations. “We are compliant with all thepolicies set by the LTRFB,” she said. (Witha report from PNA/PN) He added though that support is neededto help drivers and operators invest in new jeepney units. Meanwhile, Vallacar Transit Inc.(VTI), the operator of Ceres buses, which provides majority of the bustransport service in Negros Occidental, is not participating in the transportstrike. Jesideth Marquez-Seballos, VTI legaland media relations manager, said the bus company has already completed themodernization of its fleet in 2014. BACOLOD City – Gov.Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental supports the modernization of publicutility vehicles (PUVs). In Negros Occidental, two majortransport groups – Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros Inc. (SSTONE)and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations Inc. (FEBACDA) – will jointoday’s nation-wide strike. Lacson noted that a lot of passengerjeepneys, especially those in Metro Manila, are already old, thus the need tomodernize PUVs. In a statement, both SSTONE andFEBACDA said that drivers and operators are not against the modernizationitself, but the cost of Class 3 vehicles which is P2.4 million per unit.
Brookville, IN—U.S. 52 will close west of Brookville in Franklin County on or after Wednesday, March 4, for crews to begin work on a slide repair project. INDOT contractors will stabilize approximately 900 feet of roadway and shoulder with a shotcrete soil nail wall.The road will close about one-half mile west of S.R. 101 in Franklin County through mid-to-late June. The detour route for U.S. 52 EB will follow I-74 to S.R. 229, and for U.S. 52 WB. will follow S.R. 1 to S.R. 44. Motorists are asked to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free in and near all work zones. All work is weather dependent.
SRI LANKA 1st innings 537 (U. Tharanga 110no, K. Perera 110, K. Silva 94, D. Karunaratne 56, A. Gunaratne 54; G. Cremer 4-142)Zimbabwe 1st innings (Overnight: 88-1)T. Mawoyo c Gunaratne b Lakmal 45B. Chari lbw b Herath 5H. Masakadza c Karunaratne b Lakmal 33C. Ervine lbw b D. Perera 12S. Williams c Gunaratne b Herath 10M. Waller lbw b D. Perera 22P. Moor c D. Perera b Kumara 79G. Cremer not out 102D. Tiripano lbw b K. Mendis 46C. Mumba b Herath 1C. Mpofu b Lakmal 2Extras (b-4 lb-4 nb-1 w-7) 16Total (all out, 107.5 overs) 373Fall of wickets: 1-21 B. Chari,2-92 T. Mawoyo,3-92 H. Masakadza,4-111 S. Williams,5-134 C. Ervine,6-139 M. Waller,7-271 P. Moor,8-363 D. Tiripano,9-366 C. Mumba,10-373 C. MpofuBowling: S. Lakmal 21.5 – 3 – 69 – 3(nb-1),L. Kumara 22 – 3 – 90 – 1(w-2),R. Herath 37 – 5 – 97 – 3,D. Perera 18 – 1 – 66 – 2, A. Gunaratne 3 – 0 – 23 – 0,D. de Silva 2 – 0 – 10 – 0, K. Mendis 4 – 0 – 10 – 1.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsD. Karunaratne not out 1K. Silva not out 3Extras (nb-1) 1Total (for no loss, 3 overs) 5Fall of wickets:To bat: K. Mendis, K. Perera, D. de Silva, U. Tharanga, A. Gunaratne, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. KumaraBowling: C. Mpofu 2 – 2 – 0 – 0, G. Cremer 1 – 0 – 5 – 0(nb-1). (REUTERS)-Captain Graeme Cremer scored his maiden test century on Monday to help Zimbabwe avoid the follow-on as they scored 373 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 537 in the first Test. Sri Lanka closed the third day five without loss in their second innings, a 169-run overall lead.Cremer’s ton received an ecstatic reception from the small crowd as Zimbabwe showed gutsy determination that had been missing through six successive test defeats going into the two-match series against the in-form but injury-hit Sri Lankans.Zimbabwe’s lower-order rally was inspired by their captain, whose previous high test score was 43 against Bangladesh three years ago.Cremer shared a 132-run partnership for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Peter Moor, playing only his second test, and another 92-run stand with Donald Tiripano for the eighth wicket.The 30-year-old Cremer was 102 not out off 207 balls at the end of the innings.Moor fell for 79, fending off a bouncer to hand teenage debutant Lahiru Kumara his first test wicket.Tiripano (46) was trapped lbw by Kusal Mendes, usually a wicketkeeper and bowling only his second over in Test cricket.
By Isaac OmuloELDORET, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan athletes yesterday backed a plan for a team of six internationally accredited doctors to take care of the country’s top-level runners and be responsible for examining samples in an effort to end a series of doping scandals.The doping cases threatened to derail Kenya’s participation in last year’s Rio Olympics, but its athletes were eventually allowed to compete and brought home a haul of long-distance running medals.“This is a good step and a major development for our country. I am happy with it, although authorities still need to make athletes aware of the dangers of doping,” Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, 34, told Reuters.Athletics Kenya, the governing body for track and field in the East African country, says elite athletes should only use the six doctors vetted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) if they want to compete.“You have to go through this network, inside or outside the country. They will be writing monthly reports to the IAAF,” said Athletics Kenya Chairman Jackson Tuwei.Tuwei said 49 Kenyan athletes had violated doping rules in the past five years. Kenya is still on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s watch list.“Athletes who won’t conform (to the plan) won’t be allowed to compete,” he told around 100 top athletes at a meeting in Eldoret, 350 kilometres (217 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi.Olympic champion and London marathon winner Jemima Sumgong said the plan would help honest athletes.“It will make it easier and faster to do a medical, now that there are six doctors whose contacts have been given to us,” she said. “This is a good start to eliminate doping.”The IAAF said the initiative was not intended to vet athletes, but to provide good quality medical support.“The network comes as part of the preventive measures intended to address the proliferation of rogue doctors, limit poor medical practice, and address the supply of prohibited substances,” Chris Turner, a spokesman for IAAF, told Reuters.