Children’s Champions Special News Alert
June 10, 2014
Senate Subcommittee Marks Up Increases for Early Childhood in New Funding Bill
New Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships & Expansion Application Available
Teacher Preparation Partnership Grants Available
Senate Subcommittee Marks Up Spending Bill for Coming Fiscal Year
Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education appropriations marked up its spending numbers for the coming fiscal year 2015. The Subcommittee had essentially the same total amount available to spend as last year, creating very tough choices, yet early childhood education received an overall increase of more than $348 million.
Here’s what we know from the summary that was published today:
- Child Care & Development Block Grant increase of $100 million.
- Head Start/Early Head Start/Partnerships increase of $145 million for a total of $8,742,845,000. Within the total, in addition to funds otherwise available for Early Head Start, the bill includes a total of $565,000,000 to continue Early Head Start expansion, including through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, and $80 million toward cost of living increases for current grantees.
- Preschool Grants increase of $100 million for a total of $350 million.
When the Full Committee puts out the entire table, we will provide you with a more complete list.
Applications for Early Head Start/Child Partnerships Available
Congress appropriated $500 million for Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships to help child care programs meet the Early Head Start standards for children from birth through age 3 and expand Early Head Start. The application is now available – the deadline for submitting applications is August 20, 2014
Learn more about this opportunity click here:
Application information is available here:
Teacher Preparation Partnership Grant Applications
The federal Higher Education Act includes a program (Title II Part A) to provide competitive grants to improve teacher quality preparation programs. Higher education institutions, high-need school districts, and high-need early childhood programs can form a partnership to apply. From the U.S. Department of Education: “These partnerships would create model teacher preparation programs at the pre-baccalaureate level through the implementation of specific reforms of the IHE's existing teacher preparation programs, and/or model teaching residency programs for individuals with strong academic and/or professional backgrounds but without teaching experience. The TQP Grants Program may also support school leadership programs to train superintendents, principals, ECE program directors, and other school leaders in high-need or rural LEAs.”
Important Submission Dates:
June 27 Letter of Intent to Apply deadline
July 14 Application deadline
To learn more about this grant program and this application, including an informational webinar on June 10 and June 12, click here: