Standing Up for Quality Early Childhood Education
Phyllis knows that good schools help our kids succeed, attract new job opportunities to the community, and enhance the education and skills of our workforce. She also knows that early childhood education in particular helps more of our children perform at grade level, graduate from high school, succeed in college, and earn more as adults. During the Rendell administration, she introduced a successful proposal to offer pre-school, full day kindergarten, and smaller class sizes in the early grades. As current co-chair of the bipartisan Early Childhood Education Caucus, she continues to work hard to protect early childhood education from Governor Corbett's state budget cuts.
Making College More Affordable and Training Tomorrow's Leaders
Phyllis continues to work towards making college and advanced technical training more affordable for students and families. She believes that higher education should be adequately funded at the state level so that Pennsylvania's workforce has the education and training it needs in order to strengthen the economy. She voted against Governor Corbett's destructive cuts to higher education in 2011 and advocates for the restoration of this funding in the coming fiscal year.
Protecting At-risk Children and Families
Too many young children do not receive proper parenting or care. As a champion for the health and welfare of all children, Phyllis has introduced several pieces of legislation over the years to improve outcomes for at-risk children. For example, she introduced a bill to provide a stable funding source for the research-based nurse home visitation program, which was signed into law in 2006. This program has been proven to improve parent-child relationships and enhance child development and school readiness.
Phyllis has also worked hard to pass her bill to require that foster children be informed of their rights upon placement with a foster family. This bill was signed into law in 2010. Incidentally, U.S. Congress is now following Phyllis' lead by calling for other states to enact similar legislation for children in foster care.