Strong Start for Children Campaign

May 10, 2013

President Obama's Early Learning Initiative:

The President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget proposal calls for historic investments to expand access to high quality early learning programs through a comprehensive birth-to-five early education agenda.

Through companion investments in the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, the President's initiative includes the following:

  • Preschool for All - $75 billion in mandatory funding across 10 years to support universal access to state preschool programs for low- and middle-income families. Additionally, $750 million in discretionary funding would be available in FY 2014 as development grants to states to create or strengthen their early education systems in preparation for the Preschool for All initiative.
  • Home Visiting - $15 billion over 10 years to expand home visiting programs. Home visiting programs provide family support and connect children and their parents to resources during a critical development period for young children.
  • Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships - $1.4 billion to support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. These will provide increased access to comprehensive, high quality child care for infants and toddlers.

The expanded preschool access and home visiting components of the proposal would be paid for through increased tobacco taxes, also included in the President's budget. In addition, the plan calls for new investments in the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Part C of IDEA (Grants for Infants and Families), and additional programs.

Together with our early childhood partners, CLASP is participating in the Strong Start for Children: Building America's Future campaign to advance the president's early learning proposal.

CLASP Resources:

Preschool

Home Visiting

  • CLASP's home visiting work focuses on opportunities for connections between home visiting and early childhood settings. Most of our focus on extending home visiting to family, friend, and neighbor caregivers (FFN), including a toolkit for states interested in home visiting-FFN partnerships.

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

  • Expanding Access to Early Head Start CLASP, together with ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) release this report, which highlights how states are using innovative funding, policies, and partnerships to expand the critically important Early Head Start (EHS) program and better meet the needs of more low-income children and their families. Through interviews with state administrators, CLASP and ZTT identified 23 states with state-EHS and have developed in-depth state profiles describing nine of these initiatives across eight states. 
  • What State Leaders Should Know About Early Head Start This paper reviews 11 key aspects of how the Early Head Start (EHS) program works and includes considerations for state leaders. The paper serves as an introduction to the program for state policymakers.  
  • Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010 This policy brief examines the data from the Program Information Reports (PIR) that all Early Head Start (EHS) programs must submit to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, Early Head Start saw its largest increase in enrollment in its history. EHS families continued to access services at a high rate and children continued to be connected to medical and dental services. Challenges continue to exist as teachers' salaries remain stagnant and a smaller percentage of teachers have an associate's degree or higher in 2010 compared to 2009 and 2006. 
  • Head Start Fact Sheets These fact sheets present state-by-state and national Head Start PIR Data on all Head Start programs in the country - including preschool programs, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. Click on a state to access their fact sheet.
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