Month: March 2013

The Budget Dance Begins -

Thank you all for your swift and vocal outreach in support of Senator Harkin’s amendment to the Continuing Resolution that would have increased funding for Head Start and child care. Unfortunately, the 54 votes it garnered fell shy of the 60 votes it needed, and the amendment was defeated. Meanwhile, the groundwork is being laid for the next year’s federal budget. The House and Senate budget committee chairs—Rep. Paul Ryan … Read More

Today’s the Day to Speak Up for Early Learning Funding: Call Your Senator! -

In previous updates on the goings-on in Washington and sequestration cuts, we’ve casually mentioned, “and the continuing resolution that’s currently funding federal programs is set to expire March 27…” With that deadline now looming, Congress has turned its attention to extending the continuing resolution, or CR, through the remainder of the current fiscal year (that’s FY2013), which runs through September. With the Senate set to take up their version of … Read More

Heads Up: In the Midst of Bad News, Reason to Cheer -

While the sequestration horizon looks gloomy, a ray of sunshine:  Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are joining forces this morning to continue the momentum around President Obama’s recent proposal for expanding high-quality early learning opportunities nationwide. The joint visit will take place at 10 am EST at the Judy Center at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., … Read More