A Billion Dollars For Early Ed

With more than a $1 billion increase in funding, early care and learning was a big winner in in the spending deal announced last night by House and Senate budget writers.

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The 2014 funding bill includes the following early childhood initiatives:

  • Head Start: Restores cuts from sequestration and increases funding.
  • Child Care: Increases federal funding to help low-income, working parents afford child care.
  • Early Intervention: Increases funding for early Intervention services for infants and toddlers.
  • Preschool Development Grants: Expands money for Race to the Top to provide grants to states to develop, enhance or expand high-quality preschool programs that include comprehensive services and family engagement for low-income families.

The bill now needs to be voted on by the full House and Senate.

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