Vulnerable infants, toddlers, and families should have access to comprehensive early childhood services through Early Head Start. That's why the program is an key focus of CLASP's and ZERO TO THREE's "Building Strong Foundations" project.
In June 2015, on a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill to provide funding for discretionary programs in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (the Labor/H budget) for FY 2016.
President Obama’s FY 2016 budget proposal offers a bold vision for child care and early education in America, making a landmark, ongoing investment in a continuum of child care and early education services for children from birth through school entry.
Earlier this month, the Census Bureau reported on 2013 poverty rates. The good news is that the poverty rates for all Americans and for children specifically declined. The bad news is that the declines didn’t quite bring us back to 2007, before the recession—and that the 2007 rates were unacceptable. Specifically, in 2013, children remain the poorest Americans and young adults are the poorest among adults, with almost one in five of both groups living in poverty.