PCCY is front and center as Philadelphia makes history as the first major U.S. city to enact a soda tax, building support for 6,500 new free pre-k seats, community schools, and major new investments in parks, libraries, and recreation centers. PCCY organizes a vocal coalition of pre-k providers, labor, education advocates and community groups and its social media campaign supporting the soda tax generates 175,000 views.
PCCY wins a major victory when the state legislature adopts a new basic education funding formula that adjusts for factors like poverty and community wealth. PCCY shares its expertise with decision-makers and brings 480 local advocates to Harrisburg to deliver a strong message that schools need fair funding now.
PCCY releases new research on the status of children in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties that documents that despite the economic recovery, every school district in each of the counties has more low-income children than at the depth of the last recession. PCCY shares the results at 10 public forums attended by over 500 citizens