Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

Pittsburgh City Council members seek funding alternatives to reality transfer tax for housing, early childhood funding

A coalition of Pittsburgh City Council members may have found a way to partially fill its Affordable Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, provide funding for early childhood education in the city, and offset a proposed hike in the real estate transfer tax with a package of budget amendments.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to eliminate the waiting list Pittsburgh children face when enrolling in pre-kindergarten by establishing a scholarship fund supported by major foundations and educational and medical institutions. 

According to the legislation, Pittsburgh Public Schools provides free, full-day pre-kindergarten for students ages three to five but had a waiting list of roughly 340 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council gave final votes on a number of pieces of legislation Tuesday, including bills that would provide $128,000 to outside lobbyists to address the city’s legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington. 
At the state level, the City hopes Malady & Wooten, Inc. will address issues such affordable housing, paid sick leave legislation, funding for RACP projects and other priorities before the state General Assembly, while at the federal level the focus for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will be more on a consent agreement between Alcosan and the EPA on storm water requirements, transportation funding, and building a relationship with the new Trump administration. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Councilwoman Rudiak proposes task force aimed at expanding accessible childhood education in Pittsburgh

In an effort to make high-quality, affordable early childhood education accessible to more families, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4), the Peduto Administration, and area education stakeholders held a press conference Thursday outlining the findings of the study Pre-K in Pittsburgh: A Call for Action

With an estimated 1,500 children in Pittsburgh without access to full-day, high-quality, inclusive Pre-K programming, Councilwoman Rudiak said the report, comprised in partnership with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, and One Pennsylvania, helped to show the actual impact the lack of early childhood education has on the city’s youngest residents. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Councilwoman Rudiak hosts briefing on early childhood education in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4) held a post agenda briefing on early childhood education and the needs of childcare providers in the city on Tuesday.
 
The briefing outlined the current state of early childhood education in Pittsburgh, along with the findings of a childcare needs assessment that was part of legislation created by the City Council Women’s Caucus in 2014.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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