In December, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced an ordinance to create an Office of Early Childhood within Mayor Peduto’s office. The Office of Early Childhood would help create innovative new ways to improve the quality of early childhood programs in the Pittsburgh, and ensure that ALL of our local children have the opportunity to access high quality early childhood education.
Councilwoman Rudiak understands that access to high quality child care and education should not be an accident of birth.
At-risk kids who do *not* receive a high-quality early-childhood education and child care are:
- 25% more likely to drop out of school
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education
- 60% less likely to attend college
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
There are about 15,000 kids ages 0-5 living in Pittsburgh. Our city will not and cannot truly thrive unless the early education and care we provide our children is high quality and available to each and every one of those children. With some diligence and cooperation, we can truly change the trajectory of many families lives for the better.
We are excited to work with the Councilwoman, the city, parents, and educators to support this important initiative, but we NEED YOUR HELP. Join the parents, educators, and community members standing with Councilwoman Rudiak on behalf of the young children of Pittsburgh:
This is a big step on the path to affordable access to high quality inclusive early education for all of our children. THIS is how we make a new Pittsburgh.