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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.
The Black Satellites will depart for Morocco on Wednesday for the 2nd leg of the final qualifier of the 2013 Africa Youth Championship decider in Rabat scheduled for this Friday.The Under-20 team hold a 4-1 advantage over the Atlas Cubs from the first leg played at the Tamale Stadium two weeks ago.Satellites squad for Morocco:Goalkeepers: Muntari Tagoe, Felix AnnanDefenders: Richmond Nketiah, Jeremiah Ankorful, Lawrence Lartey, Ahmed Adams, SmallBoy Korbah, Seidu SalifuMidfielders: Joseph Mensah, Derrick Mensah, Prince Baffoe, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Jacob Appau, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Michael Anaba, Moses OdjerStrikers: Francis Narh, Benjamin Fadi
The government white paper has been a subject for discussion in the week after its release.The Commission of Inquiry set up by President Mahama to look into matters relating to the participation of the Black Stars in the 2014 World Cup made some recommendations which were expected to have far-reaching consequences on how football is run in Ghana.But government’s White Paper has accepted some of the recommendations wholly, others partially and modified some. Watch the Minister of Communication, Dr .Omane Boamah, dissects issues in the 24-paged document. He was speaking on with Patrick Osei-Agyemang, aka Countryman Songo, on Asempa FM’s popular ‘Fire for Fire’ show. –
Lionel Messi came off the substitutes’ bench for Barcelona to secure a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga.Messi, who celebrated the birth of his second son on Friday, did not start the game but replaced Ivan Rakitic on the hour mark and proved the difference.Fernando Torres was presented with a chance to open the scoring for Atletico Madrid early in the first half but the former Chelsea striker sliced his left-footed shot wide.Luis Suarez then went close for the visitors as his shot from close range hit the crossbar but the first half at the Vicente Calderon remained goalless.Torres did break the deadlock six minutes into the second half as he raced on to Tiago’s through ball before guiding the ball home in off the foot of the post.But Barcelona hit back swiftly when Neymar curled in a fantastic free kick that left goalkeeper Jan Oblak with no chance. And the comeback was complete as Messi latched on to Suarez’s wonderful lay-off before dinking into the net.The victory for Luis Enrique’s Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to the campaign.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
But it is worth noting that it was forward Blake Griffin, in recently disputing the notion that the Clippers are somehow damned, who chose to use the word “cursed.”When Ballmer purchased the team for a gaudy $2 billion, he infused the Clippers with the sort of buzzing energy that normally comes only with a second Starbucks stop.In August of ’14, during an introductory pep rally, that energy famously bubbled over, not unlike the sweat that streamed down Ballmer’s temples that afternoon.“Larry” was his loving way of referring to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which the NBA hands annually to its champion, meaning the Clippers never have been close enough to know if it’s made of some sort of metal or, who knows, milk chocolate.Despite the lack of playoff success, Ballmer, similar to his team, is not difficult to like. Sitting here along the baseline, he comes off as somewhat of a regular fan – rabid but regular – at least for a guy whose net worth is estimated at $30.1 billion.Let’s think about the figure for just a second. Forbes magazine says there are only 34 people in the world richer than Ballmer, who could buy Rams owner Stan Kroenke four times over.As another comparison, Angels owner Arte Moreno is worth $2.1 billion. Ballmer finds things like Arte Moreno in between his couch cushions.Forbes also reports that Ballmer owns 4 percent of Twitter, which might not sound like much.But when you consider all the people you know who are on Twitter and the fact that, according to multiple news accounts, nearly 80 percent of its users are living outside the U.S., that’s no shortage of international clout.Anyway, I find Ballmer and the Clippers easy to root for, and not just because this group is the perfect Hollywood stereotype of the underdog. I mean, who pulls for a team that never wins anything to keep never winning anything?The Clippers make generally humorous and completely harmless television commercials.Griffin never has been more embraced by the organization than he has been this season, still barely a year after breaking his hand punching another team employee.Jordan has his body covered in tattoos that express his deep faith, including a pair of praying hands on his torso marked with an acronym for “God Watch Over Me.”Then there’s Chris Paul, widely considered to be one of the finest leaders in NBA history, a dynamic overall talent and a man with too many charitable efforts to list here, although I will mention he built a house in South Africa for orphans.They’re all coached by Doc Rivers, a former All-Star point guard known for his competitive natural who took the occasion of this series opening to announce he has a “man crush” on Gordon Hayward, the star of the Jazz.It has been awhile, but I don’t recall Phil Jackson ever talking publicly about his man crushes, and, never mind opponents, I mean the players Jackson actually was coaching.Sure, the Clippers still complain to the referees way too much and Griffin flops way too often. But you try playing on a team that ends every season in a fit of frustration.So I am pulling for the Clippers against Utah, convinced this is a series they absolutely should win.After that, comes round two and likely – Ah, uh-oh! – the Golden State Warriors.No, “Larry” won’t be visiting Staples Center anytime soon. But “Curly” and “Moe” are long gone, too, despite the fact someone else around here, once again, will laugh last.jmiller@scng LOS ANGELES >> It was in this same building, in August of 2014, that a man as bold as he is bald shrieked about his undying affection for “Larry.”Steve Ballmer also promised his Clippers would “keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming,” the rambling battle cry interrupted only by his shouted assurances the team would be “Hard-core! Hard-core! Hard-core!”Staples Center shook that day, rattled by the thundering decibels produced by a single-person seismic event.Thirty-two months later and now opening the 2017 playoffs against Utah, there’s still no sign of “Larry,” the Clippers instead dragging around “Curly” and “Moe” and however else you’d like to express this franchise’s miserable slapstick past. They gave up home court advantage Saturday in a 97-95 loss to the Utah Jazz.Same old Clippers? Well, no, not at all. They are in the postseason for the sixth consecutive year and just finished with 51 victories, same as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This franchise once went 15 seasons without making the playoffs, a spiral into oblivion during which it moved from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles, a break that wasn’t exactly fast but was – on the court, at least – fruitless.Still, there’s no denying that the Clippers never have advanced beyond two rounds of playoffs in any one season, an almost impossible degree of ineptitude that some people might characterize as being hexed.I’m not one of those people, since I always see the basket as nearly half-full, which, no, is not another joke about DeAndre Jordan’s career 43-percent free-throw shooting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error