Budget & Appropriations

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: ADVOCATING FOR HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

Preserving and building on bipartisan progress In a year when divisive rhetoric, calls for resistance, and partisan distrust dominate the political headlines across the country, public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five remained an overwhelmingly unifying issue among American voters – and lawmakers – of every political persuasion. The past twelve months of advocacy and achievement build on bipartisan momentum that has been … Read More

GAO Report Finds Federal Early Learning Programs Function Symbiotically with Little Overlap or Fragmentation -

A 2017 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the federal government’s early childhood education programs function symbiotically and collaboratively to benefit the eligible population of children and families they serve, assuaging questions about program overlap, fragmentation, or duplication. The GAO, which serves as the official audit, evaluation, and investigative institution for the federal government, regularly reports on government programs and policies. The July … Read More

With Few Days Left in Congress’ Legislative Calendar, Families Hope for Action on MIECHV -

Home visiting programs pair families looking for additional support and mentoring with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. Ensuring the preservation of the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) must be a top priority for Congress. MIECHV is a crucial source of funding support that enables states to serve eligible families with home visiting services, and its two-year extension made under the CHIP … Read More

Head Start Benefits Kids Who Attend — And Their Kids, Too -

A new study shows that the children of people who had access to Head Start are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and less likely to commit crime and become a teen parent, according to Chalkbeat. “Our findings indicate that societal investments in early childhood education can disrupt the intergenerational transmission of the effects of poverty,” write researchers Andrew Barr of Texas A&M and Chloe Gibbs … Read More

House Appropriations Commits to Bipartisanship and Importance of ECE -

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee met to consider the draft fiscal year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill. The draft bill allocates funds for the core early childhood programs as follows: a $21.91 million funding increase for Head Start, level funding for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships ($640 million), a $4 million increase for CCDBG, and level funding for PDG ($250 million). These … Read More