Reading, Pennsylvania – The Department of Human Services (DHS) visited the Riverview Christian Early Learning Center today to thank the staff and daycare providers who enrich young minds through early education and get parents back to work all days knowing that their children are safe. Office of Child Development and Early Learning Assistant Secretary Tracey Campanini highlighted the Wolf administration’s and General Assembly’s $25 million investment in the new credit program. childcare tax, which can help reduce childcare costs for working families.
“High-quality early education is vital for children’s learning and development,” Assistant Secretary Campanini said. “And for parents, knowing that they have affordable, quality care for their children is immeasurable. We must do all we can to continue to support working parents across the Commonwealth, and we owe enormous thanks and appreciation to the childcare providers who provide exceptional care for our youngest every day. Pennsylvanians.
The cost of child care is a burden on working families and, if unaffordable, can prevent parents from working and children from participating in early learning programs that contribute to social, emotional and educational. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average annual cost of infant care in Pennsylvania is nearly $12,000. That’s why the Wolf administration’s 2022-23 state budget includes an all-new program called the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Program, which is modeled after the federal child care tax credit. children and dependents.
This program benefits working families with children in child care who are eligible for the federal Child and Dependent Tax Credit. More than 220,000 families have received the federal credit in Pennsylvania, and that same number of families should be eligible for this new state tax credit.
This credit can be claimed when filing state taxes beginning in 2023. The credit is also refundable, meaning eligible taxpayers will owe no state tax on the amount they receive. It is estimated that the average tax credit will be $171, but the tax credit families will receive will be based on income. Pennsylvanians who pay for child care may qualify for the following credits:
$180 (one child) or $360 (two or more children) for households earning more than $43,000, or
$315 (one child) or $630 (two or more children) for households earning less than $43,000.
Studies show that children who learn in high-quality child care and preschool programs do better in school and are more likely to graduate, while high-quality early learning programs also help students develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Throughout the pandemic, child care centers and early childhood educators like the staff at Riverview Christian Early Learning Center have worked and continue to work tirelessly through the hardships to provide families of all backgrounds and means with an opportunity to fair and quality child care. The ability of child care centers to remain open and adequately staffed is critical to the health of the economy and child development for today’s generation of young children.
Riverview Christian Early Learning Center (RCLEC) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory Christian center, established in 1987. Located in Muhlenberg Township, just north of Reading, RCELC is licensed and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and is a Keystone Stars STAR 4 Center, the highest level attainable. RCLEC provides year-round, quality care for children aged six weeks through 6th grade.
“It is our greatest desire and our greatest honor to have the opportunity to invest in the lives of the next generation,” said Jenn Angstadt, Director of RCLEC. “Our team of education professionals strives to continue to raise the bar of excellence to provide our children with quality care and an educational foundation to build on for their future academic and personal excellence. It is through the ongoing financial supports such as family tuition and funding programs that allow us to provide this ongoing early education service.
To find licensed child care programs operating in Pennsylvania, visit www.findchildcare.pa.gov. Families who are struggling to find a provider or have a lower income and need help paying for care can contact their local Early Learning Resource Center at www.raiseyourstar.org.
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