- New Pre-K Proposal is a substantial investment – this proposal has two parts:
- Preschool for All grants ($75 billion* over the next ten years) would be funded by a federal-state funding partnership with the federal amount generated by a new cigarette tax.
- Preschool Development grants ($750 million in competitive, discretionary funds for fiscal year 2014) would help states that are not yet ready for the Preschool for All grants but are willing to make a commitment to high-quality, universally available pre-K.
- Early Head Start and New Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships also would be a significant investment– $1.4 billion increase to expand Early Head Start and create Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships to create a greater supply of high-quality early care and development for children birth through age three.
- Home Visiting – would be expanded by $15 billion* over the next ten years with a portion of the cigarette tax.
- Head Start – $200 million increase for cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) and redesignation costs.
- Child Care & Development Block Grant – $500 million increase in mandatory funds and another $200 million increase in discretionary dollars to improve quality, including health and safety.
- Part C Special Education – $20 million increase in discretionary funds to expand Part C early intervention services.
- Promise Neighborhoods – $300 million increase to help low-income communities invest in a range of services to help children and families.
The President's budget release is only a request—it is not real unless Congress adopts it. We have a lot of work ahead of us to make this a reality. Stay tuned for an update with more details and action alerts.
(*Correction: Some budget numbers have been updated since the release of this Children's Champions update on April 10. The correct numbers are those that you see above.)
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