Senator Casey Introduces Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act

Mar 03, 2011

By Danielle Ewen

On March 3, U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania introduced the Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act, a bill designed to create a competitive fund to encourage states to invest in systems that will help develop high quality early childhood environments for young children from birth through school entry. 

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (IL), Patty Murray (WA), Chris Coons (DE), and Al Franken (MN), will:

  • Help states raise the bar on program quality, improve workforce qualifications and create a seamless system of early care and learning that working families and children can rely upon.
  • Make funds available on a competitive basis to states that have demonstrated the greatest progress in establishing a system of high-quality early learning, as well as states that demonstrate a commitment to building a high-quality system of early learning.
  • Give priority to states that establish public-private partnerships and that leverage federal child care funds for the purposes of the Act.
  • Encourage states to develop quality rating systems and provide supports to programs in order to increase quality and serve more low-income children in higher quality care.
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