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Legislative Priorities

The Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs develops and advocates legislative policy priorities under each of the YMCA’s areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs

2017-18 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

The YMCA strengthens the foundations of community through our focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Pennsylvania YMCAs are found in diverse communities around the state, serve urban, suburban and rural communities and bring together young and old, men and women, from all faiths, backgrounds and incomes.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Legislative Priority #1 Support funding to provide working families with quality child care programs, early learning programs and summer learning loss initiatives intended to ensure children are ready to begin school and become life-long learners.
Legislative Priority #2 Ensure that child care facilities operate in safe and secure environments and are regulated consistently by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Legislative Priority #3 Continued support and funding for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and other tax credit programs which benefit low income communities in the Commonwealth.

HEALTHY LIVING

Legislative Priority #1 Support the use of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in all licensed child care facilities.
Legislative Priority #2 Establish a Childhood Wellness Council within state government to develop coordinated strategies to address childhood obesity in the Commonwealth.
Legislative Priority #3 Support legislation to enable partners and funders to support evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs.
Legislative Priority #4 Support legislation to create and maintain access to safe walking routes in communities across the Commonwealth.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Legislative Priority #1 Support the YMCA mission and protect our charitable, tax exempt status bysupporting the authority of the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act..
Legislative Priority #2 Support legislation to provide greater access to child sexual abuse prevention training programs, practices and procedures.