President's Budget Proposal Supports Early Childhood Education Expansions

Feb 26, 2009

President Obama submitted his FY 2010 budget proposal summary to Congress today. The document offers a blueprint of the president's spending priorities. Details on proposed funding levels for individual programs are not available at this time, but the budget document signals the president's intention to support important expansions in child care and early education. Importantly, the document refers to funding for Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant that was included in the Economic Recovery Act as a down payment and indicates that the budget proposal builds on these investments. The president's budget proposal will:

  • increase funding for affordable, high-quality child care;
  • expand Early Head Start and Head Start;
  • support the creation of a Nurse Home Visitation program to support first-time mothers; and
  • creates incentives and supports for states to build comprehensive, coordinated, high-quality early childhood Zero to Five systems.

Further details on the above proposals&0160;are expected in the weeks to come. Given the significant unmet need for quality child care and early education across states, we are excited that the Administration continues to note the importance of supporting young children and their families.

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