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.
A new report by Child Trends and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes the case for reforming health and mental health services to increase access for children and youth while presenting broader recommendations to support child wellness.
This fact sheet is a primer for state leaders, providing an introduction to key components of Early Head Start; Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships; and the federal-to-local structure and funding process.
With the inclusion of funding for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in the most recent omnibus spending bill, many folks are wondering what they are, who can participate and what will be required of applicants.
The President has signed a 2014 spending bill, which includes a substantial increase of $1.4 billion for child care and early education. Over $1 billion of that increase is for Head Start, the nation’s early childhood program for poor children.
On January 14, 2014, Congress unveiled an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2014, which began on October 1, 2013. This was the next step in the budget deal agreed to last October to reopen the government after 16 days of a partial shutdown.