A pre-kindergarten program with high-quality standards is one key part of a comprehensive early care and education system that supports the learning and development of children from birth through the age of school entry. CLASP believes high-quality pre-kindergarten addresses the developmental needs of all children and includes: sufficient funding to attract and retain qualified teachers; comprehensive health services for families needing them, including developmental screenings and follow-up treatment; and infrastructure supports to ensure ongoing monitoring and quality improvement. It is also critical that pre-kindergarten initiatives support the needs of low-income working families. CLASP studies and promotes policies to support partnerships between states and local school districts, along with child care and Head Start programs, to offer pre-kindergarten in community-based settings. We encourage states to implement policies that integrate early learning program standards, including pre-kindergarten standards, into child care settings to support quality programs for all children.
Mar 4, 2014 | PERMALINK »
President’s Budget: Early Childhood Programs Core to Expanding Opportunity
In releasing his budget proposal for FY 2015, the President today reaffirmed his commitment to expanding high-quality early learning for all young children. The President’s budget makes investments across birth to five programs in the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, including child care, home visiting, Head Start and Early Head Start, and pre-kindergarten. The President called again for his Preschool for all plan proposed in last year’s budget. This includes preschool services for all low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds and an expansion of voluntary home visiting programs financed by an increase in the federal tobacco tax.
Following the budget deal that re-opened the federal government after a partial shut-down, Congress reached an agreement in December on overall spending levels for discretionary programs in FY 2014 and FY 2015. The President in his budget proposal, offers his priorities for spending within the agreed-upon spending limits in his base budget. In addition, he has offered an “Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative,” which would further fund key priorities by closing tax loopholes and making other reforms. Congress would be required to take legislative action beyond annual appropriations in order to fully enact these additional priorities. The Opportunity Growth, and Security Initiative budget signals that the Administration views current revenue and spending levels as inadequate for making investments in programs core to increasing opportunity for all, including early childhood education.
Specifically, the President’s budget request for FY 2015 proposes:
- An $807 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, of which $57 million is discretionary funding and $750 million is mandatory funding. Of the discretionary funds, $200 million would be available to states by formula to increase child care quality.
- A $270 million increase for Head Start and Early Head Start, including a $150 million increase for expansion of Early Head Start through Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships. The Opportunity, Growth, and Security initiative would provide an additional $800 million for Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships.
- A $250 million increase for preschool development grants to states to develop, enhance, or expand high-quality preschool programs for low-income children. The Opportunity, Growth, and Security initiative would provide an additional $250 million for preschool development grants.
- A $100 million increase for the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) program.
- A $3 million increase for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C to support early intervention services for infants and toddlers and their families. (IDEA Part B preschool services would be funded at last year’s level).
The President’s budget is the first step in the annual budget and appropriations process. In this budget request, the President has laid out his priorities for investment. Congress will now have its turn to issue budgets and assign program spending levels. We encourage Congress to follow the President’s lead in advancing a budget that increases opportunity for our youngest children.
- Child Care and Early Education | May 15, 2013 Strong Start for Children Campaign
- Hannah Matthews and Danielle Ewen | Jan 21, 2010 FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for Early Education
- Hannah Matthews and Danielle Ewen | Aug 31, 2010 Early Education Programs and Children of Immigrants: Learning Each Other's Language
- Hannah Matthews | Jan 12, 2012 Revisiting Early Learning Standards with ELLs in Mind
- Rachel Schumacher, Katie Hamm, and Danielle Ewen | Jul 31, 2009 Making Pre-Kindergarten Work For Low-Income Families
- Hannah Matthews (CLASP), Helen Blank (NWLC), Adele Robinson (NAEYC) and Kathleen Havey (FFYF) | Dec 06, 2013 Audio Conference: Update on the Strong Start for America's Children Legislation and the Federal Budget
- Christine Johnson-Staub and Hannah Matthews | Nov 25, 2013 State and Community Level Policy and Finance Strategies for Promoting and Supporting Developmental Screening and Preventive Health Practices
- Stephanie Schmit, Hannah Matthews, Sheila Smith (NCCP), and Taylor Robbins (NCCP) | Nov 14, 2013 Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality
- Olivia Golden | Nov 08, 2013 Recommendations to the Congressional Budget Conference Committee
- Hannah Matthews | Oct 01, 2013 Impact of Government Shutdown On Child Care and Early Education Programs