Longietti receives ‘Legislative Excellence in Caring’ award from early education commission

Honored for long-term commitment to early education, quality child care

HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was honored today by the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission for his legislative support and advocacy on behalf of improving early childhood education and child care in the commonwealth.

Longietti – who co-chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Early Childhood Education Caucus and is Democratic chairman of the state House Education Committee – said he was honored to be recognized by the commission because he is a strong supporter of the group’s work.

“I will treasure this award because I am a such big fan of the work this commission does to ensure Pennsylvania’s kids receive the best possible start in life through quality child care and early learning programs,” Longietti said. “These are some of the best investments we can make in state government, and the commission’s voices are essential to making them happen.”

In presenting the award on behalf of the commission, former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker called Longietti an “outstanding champion for children and families,” saying he was instrumental in securing funding for the state’s Pre-K Counts Program, bringing the Nurse-Family Partnership to Mercer County and working with United Way to launch the county’s chapter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Praising Longietti as a “reliable and stout advocate with stakeholders across Pennsylvania,” Schweiker noted that during Longietti’s legislative tenure – including his seven years on the Early Education Caucus and his 14 years on the House Education Committee – the percentage increase for Pre-K Counts and early learning programs has been larger than any other budget line-item increase.

Schweiker also cited Longietti’s work advocating for millions in federal pandemic dollars to stabilize Pennsylvania’s child care system and his history of volunteering his time to read to classes of students.

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission is a partnership of business leaders dedicated to improving child care and early education for Pennsylvania’s children.

Longietti accepted the award during the commission’s virtual summit.