PA’s Promise month – sample letter encouraging local leaders to post the PA’s Promise
month logo/PSA to their websites
Did you know that what a child learns before kindergarten can affect their learning for life? A
child’s experiences in the first five years shape their brain development and academic and social
skills that are critical to their success in school and in life. Quality early education at home and in
early learning programs like child care, Head Start, and preschool can provide young children
with the strong start they need to reach their promise.
October is Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children month, an opportunity to raise awareness
about the importance of quality early learning and celebrate the families, teachers and
communities that help our young children reach their promise. I encourage you to join in
One simple way to celebrate is to post the PA’s Promise month logo and/or public service
announcement on your website and link to www.papromiseforchildren.com. Approximately
5,000 people visit the site each month for:
Great parent resources. Every parent wants what is best for their child, and wants to know
how they can promote their child’s development so they are prepared for school. The
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children website provides families with key information they
need to support their child’s development such as understanding developmental stages, fun
activities to help your child development, what to do if you have questions about your child’s
development, choosing a child care/early learning program, making ends meet, and being
your child’s champion.
Great community resources. Community leaders can also find research and hear from
experts on the community benefits of providing quality early education. Leaders such as Dr.
Jack Shonkoff, founder of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, and
Rob Grunewald, Associate Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are featured in
videos in the “The First Five Years Matter” section.
To access the logos, visit the PA’s Promise month newsroom at
The PA’s Promise 30-second or 60-second public service announcements share the message that
early learning matters and ways to promote early learning. To access the PSAs and instructions
on how to embed the video to your webpage, visit our YouTube playlist at
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of
quality early education in young children’s lives and ways to help children reach their promise
through quality early learning opportunities. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is sponsored
by the Pennsylvania Build Initiative, The Heinz Endowments, William Penn Foundation, and
The Grable Foundation.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at [phone number or email] [or you can put the
PA’s Promise for Children Communications Director, Kelly Swanson, at 717-213-2074 or