Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children this week bestowed our first-ever “Be Someone for Kids” award to Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) in recognition of his hard work over the years to improve public policies and increase state investments that benefit the commonwealth’s children.
During his legislative career, Sen. Browne has shown a strong concern for the well-being of Pennsylvania’s children, as well as a keen understanding of how public policy can impact their lives.
Among his notable work for kids:
- He has been a long-time advocate for early learning programs, beginning with The Ounce of Prevention Act in 1999, which established Pennsylvania’s first home-visitation law to support at-risk families and their newborn children.
- As a member of Senate leadership, he has been a vocal budget negotiator to speak up for early learning investments.
- Sen. Browne helped establish and co-chairs the Early Childhood Education Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus with more than 120 members created to support high-quality early childhood care and education programs.
- He helped write the law that created the Basic Education Funding Commission and currently co-chairs the commission, which is examining the commonwealth’s public school funding system.
- He led efforts to enact a law that created the Special Education Funding Commission, which he also co-chaired. Some of the commission’s recommendations for a new funding formula were signed into law as part of the 2013-14 Fiscal Code, and this new formula was used to distribute the first increase in special education funding since 2008-09.
PPC launched the “Be Someone for Kids” award this year as a way to honor those who have made extraordinary efforts to help Pennsylvania’s nearly 2.8 million children.
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