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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.
Joachim Loew has extended his contract as Germany coach until 2018. The man who guided Die Mannschaft to 2014 FIFA World Cup glory was originally contracted until the conclusion of UEFA EURO 2016. However, Low has reached an agreement with the German Football Association (DFB) to extend that deal until after Russia 2018.”I’m delighted that Joachim Loew’s remaining as national team coach until the 2018 World Cup,” said DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach in a statement. “With his competence, his ambition and with his commanding demeanour, Jogi does the national team and the DFB a great deal of good.”We want to remain at the top of the world and that is the aim that we share. On the DFB’s side, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure this country’s footballers have the best possible conditions.” I’ve said many times that it’s an incredibly big challenge and motivation for us all to confirm our success from Brazil. We still have a lot that we want to achieve.Joachim Loew Loew took charge of Germany following Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to step down after the 2006 World Cup. He had worked as Klinsmann’s assistant in the two years building up to that tournament and since becoming head coach, he has led Germany to the final of EURO 2008, as well as to the semi-finals of South Africa 2010 and EURO 2012.”I’ve said many times that it’s an incredibly big challenge and motivation for us all to confirm our success from Brazil,” Low said. “Our young team have not reached the end of their development yet, and the same goes for the majority of our players. “That is why I would like to thank the president Wolfgang Niersbach and general secretary Helmut Sandrock for the faith, support and the offer to extend our contracts prematurely.”In addition to extending Loew’s contract, the DFB have also fitted out his assistants with new deals while extended general manager Oliver Bierfhoff’s duties to include the project management of a new DFB academy.Loew said: “Thomas Schneider, Andreas Kopke, Oliver Bierhoff and I have accepted this offer because we have great pleasure working with the players and the team behind the team. Together we want to continue along the path we are on. We still have a lot that we want to achieve.”
Hearts of Oak have modified their training techniques with the introduction of a new Polar training equipment.This new technology will help Japanese American coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi view the heart rates of his players in real-time using Polar Team2 System via Bluetooth communication.The Polar Heart Rate Monitor Team System will also be used to monitor heart rate during matches.The device continuously records data that can be downloaded and further analyzed to better manage recovery among athletes.In an era where data usage is crucial in modern football, this technology will come in handy for Kenichi Yatsuhashi who has set sights on revolutionizing Hearts of Oak.The device will be the first ever of its kind to be used by a Premier League club in the country. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports