Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Pre-K for PA to Host Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Residence, Highlight the Need to Invest in High-Quality Early Childhood Education

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2017 Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Pre-K for PA to Host Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Residence, Highlight the Need to Invest in High-Quality Early Childhood Educationcenter_img Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were joined today by preschoolers from Harrisburg-area pre-kindergarten centers and members of the Pre-K for PA campaign for an Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. During the event, the Governor reiterated his commitment to investing in high-quality early childhood education.“Frances and I are excited to host Harrisburg-area preschoolers at the Governor’s Residence today,” said Governor Wolf. “These children – and thousands of others like them from across Pennsylvania – are counting on us in Harrisburg to ensure that high-quality pre-kindergarten programs are available to them in their communities. That is why I called for a state budget that includes an increase of $75 million for pre-k, which will allow for more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. The stronger the investment in high-quality early learning the greater the return – for our children and our commonwealth.”Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives compared to peers that do not have access to early learning programs. Additionally, children who were previously enrolled in Pre-K Counts outperform their economically disadvantaged peers in third-grade math and reading.The Pre-K for PA campaign lauded Governor Wolf for his commitment to expanding access to high quality pre-k to more Pennsylvania three- and four-year-olds: “Research continues to show that pre-k can make a difference – it can reduce grade repetition, special education placements, dropout rates, and ultimately save the commonwealth money,” said Jodi Askins, Executive Director of PennAEYC and principal partner of Pre-K for PA.  “Governor Wolf’s steadfast commitment to investing in an early education system that provides access to 8,400 more Pennsylvania children this year is further evidence that he gets the value of pre-k and has Pennsylvania’s future as a top priority.”Fair and increased education funding for all Pennsylvania schools continues to be one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities to ensure students are college and career ready.The future of Pennsylvania depends on making investments in what matters most. In this year’s budget, Governor Wolf is proposing an additional $209 million increase in education funding. Our commonwealth is facing a serious budget deficit, but by reducing government bureaucracy and finding cost-savings, we can continue to invest in our children’s futures so we can make Pennsylvania stronger.The 2017-18 budget investments in education include:$100 million increase in Basic Education Funding. Following $415 million in basic education and Ready to Learn Block Grant funding increases over the past two fiscal years, this increase will be distributed through the Basic Education Funding Formula, providing an equitable and predictable allocation to school districts across the commonwealth.$25 million increase in Special Education Funding. This increase, allocated to school districts through the formula adopted by the bipartisan legislative Special Education Funding Commission, builds upon a $50 million increase over the last two years.$75 million increase in high-quality early childhood education. Children who participate in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their lives compared to peers without access to early learning programs. Building upon $60 million in additional investment over the past two years, this nearly 40 percent increase in funding will allow more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.$8.9 million increase for the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The governor will continue to work with PASSHE to develop individual college plans that address performance, affordability, and accountability, while partnering with employers to create structured career pathways.last_img read more

EPL: Sheffield United stun Chelsea

first_imgDavid McGoldrick struck twice as Sheffield United secured their most impressive win of the season with a fully-deserved 3-0 defeat of Chelsea.McGoldrick scored his first Premier League goal and pounced again to seal a stunning victory in the second period after Oli McBurnie’s fine header had given the Blades a 2-0 half-time lead. This season keeps getting better for Chris Wilder’s side, who climbed up to sixth place, four points behind Manchester United, to give their Europa League hopes another big boost.The manner of the Blades’ victory was even more impressive considering Chelsea had recently moved up to third spot in pursuit of a Champions League berth after winning five of their previous six league matches.The Blues, roundly beaten in their first match at Bramall Lane in nearly 14 years, could slip out of the top four on Monday if both Leicester and Manchester United win their game in hand.Chelsea began well.Christian Pulisic just failed to keep his header on target from Reece James’ excellent cross and the visitors looked menacing going forward. But the Londoners have not been as impressive when defending in recent weeks and the Blades exposed that soft underbelly when taking the lead in the 18th minute.McBurnie was picked out at the back post by George Baldock’s cross and, although the striker’s deflected shot was blocked by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, McGoldrick turned home the rebound for his first league goal in over a year.Chelsea’s slick passing in the final third was often easy on the eye, but it met with stonewall resistance before the Blades doubled their lead with a superb goal in the 33rd minute.Enda Stevens was sent clear down the left after playing a one-two with Ben Osborn and the wing-back’s pin-point cross was headed home by McBurnie into the top corner.Chelsea responded through James’ thumping shot from outside the area, but home goalkeeper Dean Henderson was equal to it and the Blades held firm until half-time. Lampard replaced Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen with Marcos Alonso and Toni Rudiger during the interval.Chelsea continued to probe, but there was no way through and, after more good work from McGoldrick and McBurnie, Chris Basham’s curling cross from the right almost found Osborn.Chelsea mounted some concerted pressure, but found every avenue on the edge of the Blades’ area blocked.Olivier Giroud was sent on for Pulisic in the 65th minute and within moments volleyed just wide following a long ball over the top.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Cesar Azpilicueta’s vicious drive was deflected wide and Tammy Abraham fired off target from the resulting corner.But the Blades cut loose again in the 76th minute. McGoldrick burst forward and sent substitute Lys Mousset down the right and, when Rudiger made a hash of his attempted clearance, McGoldrick pounced to kill the game off.The Blades could have had another in the closing stages, but Stevens blazed over the bar following more slick build-up from the South Yorkshire side.—Tags: David McGoldrickOli McBurniePremier LeagueSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Freshman attack Devin Shewell capitalizes on early playing time

first_img Published on March 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor Related Stories No. 5 Syracuse rides balanced attack to 16-7 win over No. 12 AlbanyGallery: Syracuse men’s lacrosse takes down Army in the Carrier Dome4 underclassmen step up as role players in place of injured offensive startersSyracuse starting attack Nick Piroli out against No. 12 Albany with lower-body injury Treacherous snow forced the Boys’ Latin High School varsity team to spend its second practice of the season in a gym. Balls flew around and bounced off the hardwood. One skidded underneath Devin Shewell’s foot.He stepped on the ball and the ankle injuries that had plagued Shewell’s career resurfaced. He sat out the first few weeks of his junior season. He lost his starting attack spot and his fitness remained a weak point.“He was never able to play a complete year,” Boys’ Latin (Maryland) head coach Bob Shriver said. “He had this black cloud that followed him around it seemed like.”But what slowed his high school career kick-started his college career.Shewell provided a spark off No. 3 Syracuse’s (3-0) bench when attack Nick Piroli and midfielder Tim Barber went down with injuries. Piroli hasn’t played since SU’s season-opening game against Siena, while Barber missed the second half of the Orange’s second game against Albany. And despite the injuries that have hampered him in the past, Shewell already has four goals and could have more chances to contribute during his freshman season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s pretty annoying. I don’t really know,” Shewell said of his past injuries. “I just take it day by day and knock on wood that I don’t get hurt.”Since getting to SU, Shewell’s worked with trainers to improve the strength in his ankles. He’s considering surgery on his left ankle over the summer. But in the meantime, he adds a dimension to Syracuse’s offense that other backups don’t.His off-ball movement is his best skill. He’s naturally right handed, making him a good fit to play on the attack alongside lefties Dylan Donahue and Jordan Evans. He understands the offense well, making him invisible when SU head coach John Desko re-watched last week’s Albany game for mistakes.“He’s a smart kid. He knows what the heck he’s doing,” Shriver said. “It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest bit (that he’s gotten early playing time.)”center_img When Piroli suffered a lower-body injury before Syracuse played Albany, Barber moved from midfield to attack, and Matt Lane subbed in for him at midfield. When Barber got hurt at the conclusion of the second quarter, the Orange needed another player on attack. Donahue told Shewell to be ready, and he was.Just over a minute into the third quarter, Donahue picked up a loose ball behind the goal and caught Albany goalie Blaze Riorden out of the net. Shewell cut from the top of the offensive zone to in front of the crease.Catch. Shoot. Score.About seven minutes later, Lane backed his defender down, cradled toward the goal and drew a slide. Shewell lined up parallel to him 10 yards away from the net, slid toward open space and opened up his hips before Lane delivered a pass to him.Catch. Shoot. Score.“He can see plays happen before they actually happen,” Donahue said. “He can see it two passes ahead of time. He knows where to put himself in the off-ball position to either get his man to slide or clear through for someone else.”When Barber returned to the lineup on Sunday against Army, Shewell’s playing time decreased. His fitness became a weakness with the time he missed in high school, and he’s doing extra running after practice on a treadmill to fix that.There’s still a lot of room for Shewell to grow, but he’s capitalized on his chances so far.“He seemed to fit very well,” Desko said. “It wasn’t like we noticed him out there he was doing everything wrong, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was in the right place at the right time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more