Children First’s Report Series on COVID’s Impact on Children – READ THE COUNTY REPORTS HERE

Suburban Counties

Are we making progress?

Do you know how affordable child care is in your county? Or how many families of at-risk children are able to access quality care that will get their children ready for kindergarten? Children First’s 2016 report, LEFT OUT: The Status of Children, follow trends since the Recession on domains of poverty, early childhood, K-12 education and Health in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties and provide a set of recommendations for improvement.

Left Out: The Status of Children in Bucks County

Left Out: The Status of Children in Chester County

Left Out: The Status of Children in Delaware County

Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County

Finding child care and pre-k in your community

The best resource for searching for child care is the state’s COMPASS website for early learning. You can search by city or zipcode, and by age and other specific needs and preferences. Note that some Federally-funded head start sites are NOT included in COMPASS.

Children First has also made a this Google Map of child care locations in the suburban counties. Click on each point for more info. Note that the map shows licensed providers regardless of quality. After August 1, 2017, all programs not enrolled in Keystone STARS were automatically assigned to STAR 1. Programs with 3 or 4 STARS or national accreditation are considered high quality. Head Start locations are included here.

Advocacy tools: The unmet need for high quality, publicly funded Pre-K in your community

A Path Forward is an interactive map from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children that lets you search your community — by state representative district, state senate district, or school district – to see which of the existing high quality early learning providers are enrolled in a publicly funded program (Head Start, Pre-K Counts or child care subsidy).

These county fact sheets summarize the extent of unmet need for publicly funded pre-k.:

The facts sheets below pull together the information by legislative district, for your State Senator or Representative.
Print this handy sheet before you write or call your legislators!

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County

Montgomery County