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Mary Graham Serves on Sen. Casey’s Child Care Affordability Round Table

Children's Village's Executive Director Mary Graham greets Senator Bob Casey at the recent Child Care Affordability Event

Children’s Village’s Executive Director Mary Graham greets Senator Bob Casey at the recent Child Care Affordability Event.

Sen. Bob Casey recently visited the KenCrest North Childhood Education Center where he discussed with parents and educators the state of Pennsylvania’s children and the issue of child care affordability.  Sen. Casey highlighted components of the Child Care for Working Families Act, an early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working families across the country.  Among the round table panelists who Sen. Casey invited was Mary Graham, Children’s Village’s Executive Director.  With 41-years in the early care and education profession, Mary is recognized for her expertise in braiding public and private funding to deliver high-quality programming to all children, including those at risk.

“Child care is an issue for all of us–not just for children, women, families, communities, or businesses.  We must all work together because we all benefit,” said Mary. Mary underscored that all children deserve to reap the lifelong benefits of quality child care.  “Quality early care and education promotes school readiness and sets the stage for lasting academic and life success.  Yet high-quality early learning and academic enrichment is often out of reach for many children and families.  Affordable child care must be a local, state, and national priority and we must continue to advocate on behalf of all children and families,” said Mary.

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Held at KenCrest North Cneter, Senator Bob Casey's Child Care Afforability Event featured a Round Table Discussion among Policy Makers, Educators, and Parents

Held at KenCrest North Center, Senator Bob Casey’s Child Care Affordability event featured a round table discussion of policy makers, educators, and parents

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