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PA Department of Education: Summer Programming Critical for Pennsylvania Learners of All Ages – Pennsylvania Pressroom

Lewisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty today visited The Public Library for Union County’s Toddler Storytime event, part of the library’s summer learning activities.
“Summer is a critical time for learning, even for the youngest learners, and libraries play a crucial role in providing services to Pennsylvanians,” said Hagarty. “The Wolf Administration’s commitment to education is demonstrated in its historic investments in our libraries, schools, and communities, and this additional funding will further increase access to high-quality learning activities for people across the commonwealth, even during the summer months.”
In his 2022-23 budget proposal, Gov.​Tom Wolf has requested a $1.25 million increase for libraries, including a $1 million increase in the Public Library Subsidy. The subsidy goes directly to local libraries, library systems, and 29 district library centers, and provides every Pennsylvanian access to statewide resource center libraries at the State Library of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the libraries of The Pennsylvania State University.
Understanding that children who participate in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school, are more likely to graduate, and earn more throughout their lives compared to peers without access to early learning programs, the governor’s 2022-23 budget proposes a $60 million increase in Pre-K Counts funding and $10 million increase in funding for the Head Start Supplemental Program. This new funding will allow more than 2,300 additional children to enroll in the state’s high-quality early learning programs.
Over the past seven years, Gov. Wolf has secured an additional $1.8 billion in funding for pre-k through college. 
The Union County Library System, established in 1997 by the Union County (PA) Commissioners, coordinates free public library services to the residents of Union County through three independent libraries: Herr Memorial Library, The Public Library for Union County, and West End Library.
The library’s Toddler Storytime series allows children ages one to two to participate in an in-person storytime with books, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and simple ASL signs.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Casey Smith – casesmith@pa.gov
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