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Senate Committee Passes Bill to Reauthorize ESEA
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bill out of committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the Every Child Achieves Act. The bill includes a bipartisan early learning amendment offered by Senators Murray (D-WA) and Isakson (R-GA) and adopted by the full Committee.
The amendment would create a competitive grant program to provide funding for states to improve coordination, quality, and access for early learning programs. States would apply for a three-year grant that is conditioned on providing matching funds to support sustainable improvements and better coordination of their early learning systems.
In addition to the early learning amendment, the Every Child Achieves Act includes other provisions to support early learning, including clarifying the existing use of Title I funds for early education programs spanning birth to kindergarten entry. A new literacy instruction program also includes a set-aside for early learning.
The bill will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. This latest display of support from both sides of the aisle for early childhood education follows this week’s extension of federal home visiting funds and last year’s bipartisan Congressional reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). As policymakers recognize the importance of the early years, CLASP urges Congress to provide the increased resources required to ensure that more vulnerable, young children have access to high-quality child care and early education.
CCDBG ReauthorizationCLASP resources on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 reauthorization and implementation. READ MORE »
- HANNAH MATTHEWS (CLASP), KAREN SCHULMAN (NWLC), JULIE VOGTMAN (NWLC), CHRISTINE JOHNSON-STAUB (CLASP), AND HELEN BLANK (NWLC) | Apr 01, 2015 Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: A Guide for States
- Stephanie Schmit and Rhiannon Reeves | Mar 30, 2015 No Progress on Child Care Assistance Spending, Participation
- Hannah Matthews and Christine Johnson-Staub | Mar 13, 2015 An Introduction to CCDBG Reauthorization
- STEPHANIE SCHMIT (CLASP), CHRISTINA WALKER (CLASP), AND RACHEL HERZFELDT-KAMPRATH (CAP) | Feb 11, 2015 An Investment in Our Future: How Federal Home Visiting Funding Provides Critical Support for Parents and Children
- Christine Johnson-Staub | Oct 23, 2014 First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings
- HANNAH MATTHEWS (CLASP), CHRISTINE JOHNSON-STAUB (CLASP), HELEN BLANK (NWLC), AND KAREN SCHULMAN (NWLC) | Apr 24, 2015 Follow Up Q&A: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Webinar
- Child Care and Early Education | Apr 14, 2015 Comments to the USDA Regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Olivia Golden, Hannah Matthews, and Stephanie Schmit | Mar 27, 2015 Comments on the National Framework for Strengthening the Capacity of Parents of Young Children Birth to Age 8
- HANNAH MATTHEWS (CLASP), CHRISTINE JOHNSON-STAUB (CLASP), HELEN BLANK (NWLC), AND KAREN SCHULMAN (NWLC) | Apr 16, 2015 Webinar: Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization
- Hannah Matthews (CLASP), Christine Johnson-Staub (CLASP), Helen Blank (NWLC), and Karen Schulman (NWLC) | Apr 16, 2015 Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization