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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.
Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific and Andrew Abdo, Chief Commercial Officer, NRLAccorHotels continues partnership with National Rugby LeagueAccorHotels is pleased to confirm an extended four-year agreement with the National Rugby League (NRL).The partnership will see AccorHotels continue as the official accommodation partner of the NRL, supporting NRL Clubs and Holden State of Origin teams with their accommodation requirements across Australia and New Zealand.AccorHotels will also continue to play a pivotal role as part of the NRL’s Indigenous ‘School To Work’ program, offering high school students the opportunity to work across the Group’s various hotels.Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “we have thoroughly enjoyed our partnership with the NRL over the last four years and we are thrilled to be signing on as the Official Accommodation partner of the NRL until 2021.“There is no doubt that this partnership brings together two iconic brands and through the executive leadership of Todd Greenberg and Andrew Abdo it gives us the confidence to further our commitment to the NRL for another four years. The Executive team has done an excellent job of securing major corporate partners and raising the profile of the game over the last 12 months, and we are proud to once again be a major sponsor.“Outside of the game, the NRL is doing a tremendous amount of work to support Indigenous students through their School to Work program. It is an incredibly inspiring program and it aligns with what we are doing to grow Indigenous employment in Australia and we are proud to be working alongside the NRL in this space.“With the 2018 season now underway, we wish all of the teams a strong start to the season and we look forward to hosting players and officials throughout the year.”NRL Head of Commercial, Andrew Abdo thanked AccorHotels for their continued partnership and investment in the game and importantly, their support in the challenging logistics required to keep travelling teams well rested throughout the season.“It doesn’t matter which hotel our NRL staff, players or officials stay in, the AccorHotels employees always ensure that we’re well looked after and they have set the standard for football team accommodation in Australia,” Mr Abdo said.“Outside of a great place to stay, AccorHotels has invested in enabling our School To Work program, taking on a number of Indigenous students finishing up high school and wanting to gain employment experience across the hospitality and hotel sectors.“It’s a great outcome to have the NRL and AccorHotels in partnership for another four years and I encourage our fans to enjoy any number of AccorHotels’ accommodation options across Australia, New Zealand or further abroad, either when following their teams on the road or simply heading on holiday.”AccorHotels’ partnership extension with the NRL has commenced this year (2018) and runs through to 2021.Accor Hotels and the NRL have enjoyed a partnership together since 2014.Source = AccorHotels