Governor Tom Wolf’s Ready to Start Task Force, established in September to develop a four-year framework of strategies to address health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania, announced its key themes and initial findings on December 18, 2018.

The key themes and initial findings were developed following six regional listening sessions with stakeholders representing health care, human services, education, research, businesses and employers, foundations, and research organizations. These initial findings include a need to:

  • Ensure access to high-quality care for all children and families, especially those with the greatest needs;
  • Improve system quality and capacity;
  • Improve coordination and alignment of services and supports;
  • Prioritize outreach, education, and awareness, including building meaningful partnerships with parents, families, and communities;
  • Address the needs of the whole child and whole family through comprehensive supports, including those for mental and behavioral health;
  • Help infants and toddlers get a strong start for school through early literacy and other evidence-based programs.

Read the full content of the initial findings here.