Early Childhood and President Obama’s Budget

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 | Author: Tracy

Hannah Matthews from CLASP summarizes how the President’s budget impacts early childhood.

  • An $825 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), comprised of $325 million in discretionary funding and $500 million in mandatory funding (through approval of the Ways and Means and Finance Committees). Budget documents propose that $300 million of the discretionary funding be used for quality improvement grants to states. A portion of these funds would go to states in the form of formula grants and a portion would be for competitive grants.These funds would be in addition to the requirement for states to spend a minimum of 4 percent of CCDBG funds on quality activities.
  • An $85 million increase for Head Start and Early Head Start to support the Office of Head Start’s designation renewal process and cost-of-living increases. According to the Administration, these funds will maintain the current number of children served.
  • A $20 million increase for the IDEA Part C services for infants and toddlers.
  • $850 million for Race to the Top, including some portion of funding to be used for the Early Learning Challenge.
  • $100 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative.
  • $5 million to support Paid Family Leave in states.

The budget also includes some challenges for child care and early education, including flat funding of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, of which some funds are used for early education, IDEA preschool grants, and 21st Century Community Schools.

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