Important Social Programs Get Boost In Spending

Feb 16, 2009

In addition to funding for early childhood programs, the economic recovery package passed by Congress, includes support for a range of important social programs, including food stamps, job training, unemployment insurance, homeless services, and special education, many of which have been starved for the last decade.

Today Washington Post, quotes Danielle Ewen, Director of Child Care and Early Education at CLASP, who calls "the stimulus's social spending essential to helping lower-income Americans regain their economic bearings. It is about getting people to work and making sure they can afford basic things to keep their families safe and secure she said."

CLASP believes that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a significant and welcome first step in shoring up the nation's tattered safety net and ensuring the most vulnerable Americans share in the benefits of economic recovery.

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