Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Risk and Reach Report for Clinton County

Early Education in Clinton County

Clinton is a rural county located in central Pennsylvania. According to the US Census Bureau, the 2006 population was 37,232, an estimated -1.8% decrease from 2000. Approximately 80.4% of the adult population graduated high school, and nearly 13.4% have a bachelor's degree or higher education. The main industry in the county is Manufacturing. The median household income in 2004 was $34,162.


In Clinton County:
There are 2,055 children from birth to age five living in the county.

Risk Factors affecting children's success in school. Risk factors like those listed below can hurt a child's chances of doing well in school.

52.0% of children under age five live in low-income families
21.3% of births to mothers with less than a high school education
35.5% of third graders scored below proficient on the 2008 PSSA reading test
Quality early education. Quality early education like the programs listed below helps children overcome risk factors and succeed in school!

Of children from birth to age five:

3.4% participate in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
13.4% participate in Keystone STARS
9.8% participate in Child Care Works
9.2% participate in Early Intervention
0.0% participate in Nurse-Family Partnership
1.0% participate in Head Start Supplemental Assistance
2.3% participate in federal Head Start
Learn more about this county by viewing the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning 2007-2008 Reach and Risk Report.

Childcare Budget Update as of April 15, 2010

April 15, 2010
DPW Improves the Lives of Pennsylvania’s Children:
The DPW budget invests in proven programs for children with accountable results.
Reducing Child Abuse
By supporting families with programs that prevent abuse, Pennsylvania has achieved a 10% reduction in substantiated child abuse cases since 2003.
Providing At-Risk Children with Safe, Permanent Homes
Our focus on creating safe, permanent homes for all Pennsylvania’s children has resulted in an almost 60% decrease in the number of children entering foster care since 2003.
Improving Children’s Early Learning, School and Life Success
Our continuum of early learning programs, including Keystone STARS, Nurse Family Partnership, Child Care Works, and PA Pre-K Counts, is producing gains. In 2002-2003, fewer than one in five Pennsylvania children had access to a quality early education; now, one in three children access quality early education.
Assuring Children Receive Financial Support from Non-Custodial Parents
Our child support program leads the country in assuring that children receive financial support from their non-custodial parent. In 2009, Pennsylvania was the nation’s best in the collection of support orders at 81.3%, which is higher than the national average of 61.9%.
Improving Children’s Health
The Pennsylvania Medical Assistance program covers over 1.1 million children, with a focus on preventative health care. 94% of children in the first 15 months of life see a doctor as often as recommended. Children three to six years of age are 3 to 4% above the national average in terms of seeing their primary care provider when they should.
The mission of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is to protect and serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, to promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life, and to break the cycle of dependency, while managing our resources effectively and promoting respect for employees.
The focus for the DPW FY10-11 Budget is sustainability—preserving services for those who need them, quality and results—ensuring services improve the lives of those who receive them, and accountability— ensuring efficient use of tax dollars.
For more information about the DPW budget visit www.dpw.state.pa.us. For information on how to support funding for this critical program visit the non-partisan Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center at www.pennbpc.org