NAEYC CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS UPDATE
APRIL 18, 2013
- Join Us in Thanking the President for His Early Learning Proposal
- Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Announcement
- See What’s Happening for Week of the Young Child
Join Us in Sending A Big Package of Thank You Letters to the President!
As you know from our recent update, President Obama has called for an historic investment in an early childhood education plan for children from birth to age five. We need your immediate help to gain momentum behind this proposal. Together with our partners from the Strong Start for Children – Building America’s Future campaign, we will be sending in a big package of thank you letters to the White House in early May. Send us your letters thanking President Obama for his leadership on this investment by April 29!
Here are some updated numbers on the President’s budget proposal (marked below):
- New Pre-K Proposal is a substantial investment – this proposal has two parts:
- $75 billion* increase over 10 years for the Preschool for All initiative (funded by a federal-state funding partnership with the federal amount generated by a new cigarette tax).
- Another $750 million in discretionary funding is proposed in the first year for states not yet ready for the Preschool for All grant.
- Home Visiting: $15 billion* increase over 10 years for home visiting (funded by cigarette tax).
- Early Head Start and New Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: $1.4 billion for Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships to expand supply and to improve programs and services for children birth through age three.
- 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.
*Updated from our previous update. Learn more about the President’s early learning proposal here.
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Announcement
The majority of 2013 Race to the Top Funds will go towards the second Early Learning Challenge,the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this week. From the total Race to the Top appropriations, approximately $370 million will be available this year for state early learning challenge grants to build high-quality early childhood systems from birth to kindergarten. In addition, about $120 million of the 2013 funds will be used for a second round of the Race to the Top-District competition.
Read the Department of Education’s press release.
See What’s Happening for Week of the Young Child
There are over 250 global events being celebrated for Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC)! See what others are doing and join the excitement by including your WOYC event on NAEYC’s new, interactive map. By providing information about your activities, you will help people in your community find out more about your event and encourage them to join the celebration. Submit your event now!
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