Child Care

Early Learning Update
 Public Perception
 FFY 2014 Funded
 FFY 2015 Funding
 Strong Start
 Other Legislation
First Five Years Fund
Public Poll Just Released
 85% of voters rank “ensuring children get a strong start” as an
important national priority
Only “increasing jobs and economic growth” has more priority
Ranked above “improving the quality of our public schools” and
“reducing the tax burden on families.”
76% of voters want Congress/President to act within 2 years
60% of Republicans and 84% of Democrats ranked as priority
Swing voters also supported priority  80% of Hispanics
 75% of moderates
 72 % of suburban women
National Day of Action - July 23rd -Encouraged to ask Congress
to increase investments in early learning.
FFY 2014 Funding Levels
 $154 million increase for the CCDBG
 $194 million increase for WIC
 $1.025 billion increase for Head Start
$400 million for Head Start
$100 million for COLA
$25 million for redesignation activities
$500 million for the expansion of Early Head
Start and for new discretionary Early Head
Start /Child Care Partnership grants
FFY 2014 Appropriations Bill
New Preschool Grants
 $250 million for grants to States for preschool grants
 Several application public comment periods – over
500 comments and one public hearing
Applications to be released this summer
Grants to be awarded to states by December 2014
Both Development and Expansion available
Jointly administered by Education and HHS
States apply for grants to build the capacity to
develop, enhance or expand high-quality preschool
FFY 2014 Appropriation -Early Head
Start/Child Care Partnerships
 ACF announced $500 million funding opportunity
 To expand access to high-quality, comprehensive
services for low-income infants & toddlers & families
 Supports creation of Early Head Start – Child Care
(EHS-CC) Partnerships and expansion of EHS
 Encourages collaboration between new/ existing EHS
grantees & child care providers to improve quality &
expand access to high-quality care.
 Applications due 8/20/14 and FAQ just released
Partnership Overview Resources
 Read the Technical Assistance guide, 101:
Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships
 Explore additional webinars, tools, and
resources related to the partnerships
 Link to announcement
President’s Budget FFY 2015
 Head Start, Early Head Start: $270 million
increase in discretionary funds,
 Early Head Start-Child Care
Partnerships: $800 million increase in
discretionary funds
 Preschool Development Grants: an
additional $250 million increase in
discretionary funds
 Child Care & Development Block Grant:
$57 million increase in discretionary funds
President’s Budget – FFY 2015
 IDEA Part C early intervention: a $3.3
million increase for early intervention.
 IDEA 619 special education: frozen at last
year’s funding level.
 Voluntary home visiting (MCVIE): $100
million increase in mandatory funds over the
current authorized levels for a total of $500
million in FY 2015; a request for $15 billion
over ten years
Senate Subcommittee FFY 2015
 Head Start - $8.74 billion, a $145 million
 Preschool Development Grants - $350
million, a $100 million increase.
 Child Care: $2.46 billion
Race to the Top Early Learning
 First year of the RTT-ELC competition, 9
states funded (CA, DE, MA, MD, MN, NC,
 In 2012, five more states (CO, IL, NM, OR,
and WI) were funded
 Six new awards, $280 million in Fall 2013
Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Vermont
 More information about the Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge
New Early Learning Legislation
 S. 1697 and H.R. 3461
 “Strong Start for America’s Children Act”
 Introduced in November 2013 to authorize
the President's Early Learning initiative
 No mandatory funding; does not include the
tobacco tax increases
 Funds dependant on the annual
appropriations process
Outline of the Bill
 Title I – Prekindergarten Access
 Title II – Early Learning Quality
 Title III – Child Care
 Title IV – Maternal, Infant and Early
Childhood Home Visiting Program
 Sense
of the Senate
Coalition Recommendations
Submitted Related to IDEA
 New purpose statements “to increase access to
appropriate supports so children with disabilities and
other special populations can fully participate in high
quality early education programs”
 Funding set-aside for preschool students with
disabilities reserve, at a minimum, 5% for 619
 Funding set-aside for infants & toddlers with
disabilities reserve, at a minimum, 5% for Part C
 New expanded screening requirements
Senate Mark-up Up of Bill
 Chairman Harkin’s bill was voted out of
committee for floor consideration in May 2014
 Senator Alexander offered amendment “Early
Learning Innovation and Flexibility Act of
 Block grant of federal early childhood
programs at state level including IDEA
 Voted down on party lines
House Plans
 House Education and Workforce Committee
Chairman John Kline (R-MN):
 “The president and I agree more can be done
to help kids get an early start on the path to
success,… However, with 45 federal
programs tied to early childhood development
and a $13 billion annual taxpayer investment,
we owe it to the American people to examine
the strengths and weaknesses of current
initiatives before crafting new ones.”
Child Care and Development Block
Grant Act of 2013
 S. 1086 –Senate passed 96-2
 To reauthorize the Child Care and Development
Block Grant (CCDBG)
 First time in over 17 years.
 Bipartisan bill requires states ensure child care
providers receiving CCDBG funding:
Comprehensive background check,
Basic minimum training in health and safety practices,
An annual unannounced inspection.
 House held hearing
House Plan on CCDBG
Chairman Klein - “Senate passage of legislation to
reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block
Grant is a step forward in the shared goal of
strengthening the nation’s existing network of early
childhood services. The bill includes several
commonsense provisions that will help empower
parents and enhance coordination between CCDBG
and other federal early care programs, such as Head
Start. The committee will convene a hearing on
March 25, 2014 to examine House priorities for
CCDBG, and I look forward to a productive
discussion as we work to find common ground and
complete the reauthorization of this important
Other Early Learning Bills
 Home Visiting was reauthorized in March –
was facing hard sunset September 30, 2014
 Combating Autism Act faces hard sunset in
Septemebr 2014
 Other EC bills
Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Clark’s (D-MA)
infant and toddler bills to strengthen the quality
of infant and toddler child care.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) the Working
Families Child Care Act
“Schedules That Work Act”
 To be introduced by George Miller and Rosa
DeLauro on July 22nd
 To provide workers with a greater say in their
work schedules, and more predictable and
stable schedules
 Make it easier to maintain stable child care
and provide a stable home life for their
 More stable schedules and more stability and
certainty for child care providers.
Current Head Start Profiles
 Posted March 19, 2014
 CLASP announced the release of its 2012 Head Start
State Profiles (March 2014) and a new interactive
 Provides state-by-state data on all Head Start
programs in the state: Early Head Start, Head Start
preschool, and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start.
 Include information on Head Start participants,
families, staff, and programs.
 Based on the 2012 Program Information Report (PIR)
data, which all Head Start programs are required to
complete on an annual basis
Current Child Care Profiles
 Child Care Aware released 2014 “Child Care in
America Today”
Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some
type of child care setting every week.
On average, the children of working mothers spend
36 hours a week in such care.
About one-third of these children are in multiple child
care arrangements.
Parents have a hard time finding child care, a harder
time affording it, and too often it is of dubious quality.
Civil Rights Data Released
 2011-12 CRDC collection: Issue Brief #1
March 2014
 Suspension of preschool children. Black
students represent 18 percent of preschool
enrollment but 42 percent of preschool
students suspended once, and 48 percent of
the preschool students suspended more than
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