Year: 2018

Congress Can Leverage Head Start to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic’s Effects on Children -

As America’s opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities, numerous child welfare groups are calling attention to short and long-term effects of this crisis on children. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as living with a parent with substance use disorder or being separated from parents due to substance misuse, can lead to the development of toxic stress.  Toxic stress can have life-altering behavioral and physical health effects on children which … Read More

HHS Releases Important New Details for States on Preschool Development Grants Program -

As of late last week, we have the biggest confirmed update to date about the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [in consultation with the Department of Education (ED)] has released a Funding Forecast for the new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5). This funding forecast alerts potential grantees of … Read More

Early Learning & Care Programs See Sustained, Increased Funding in FY2019 House Appropriations Bill -

Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations convened to markup the FY2019 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS). After considering upwards of 50 amendments, the full committee approved the bill by a vote of 30 – 22 along party lines. The L-HHS Subcommittee oversees funding for the core early childhood education (ECE) programs. In a year with tight caps on the 302(b) allocation, vital ECE … Read More

New Office of Head Start Director Calls for Improved Alignment Between Head Start & K-12 Schools -

On Monday, the new director of the Office of Head Start (OHS), Dr. Deborah Bergeron, released a video message discussing the important transition for children from Head Start to Kindergarten. Dr. Bergeron called for increased collaboration between Head Start programs and elementary schools so that school readiness standards are aligned. In her video Dr. Bergeron, a former elementary school administrator at a school with Head … Read More

Bipartisan Vote in Senate Appropriations Committee Increases Early Learning Spending for FY2019 -

The Senate Appropriations Committee met today to consider the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) spending bill for FY2019. With bipartisan support, the bill passed the full committee by a vote of 30 – 1. Both leaders of the full committee, Chairman Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Leahy (D-VT), commended the bipartisan process through which the L-HHS bill was written. L-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Blunt (R-MO) gave … Read More