Children’s Champions Update
July 16, 2015
- Senate votes to approve Every Child Achieves Act
- Reminder: Conference call about this year’s early learning funding landscape
Senate votes to approve Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)
After over a week of debate, the Senate voted today to approve the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) by a vote of 81-17. If passed, the Every Child Achieves Act will reauthorize and amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This bill also includes the Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants (ELAIG), which would provide funding for states to improve coordination, quality, and access for early childhood education.
The Strong Start for America’s Children amendment presented by Senator Bob Casey failed to pass the Senate, receiving 45 of the required 60 votes in favor. This amendment proposed providing access to high-quality, full-day preschool for low income four-year-old children; supporting Early Head Start and child care partnerships that help improve the quality of child care for infants and toddlers; supporting the needs of children with disabilities, and reinforcing the critical role of continued funding for the cost-effective, evidence-based home visiting program plays in the lives of children and their families.
The next step in getting the Every Child Achieves Act approved is for the Senate and House to pass a consensus bill to provide to the President.
NAEYC thanks Senators Murray and Alexander for their support of early childhood through their inclusion of the Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants in the bill.
Reminder: Conference call about this year’s early learning funding landscape
NAEYC has been invited by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) to co-host a conference call to discuss this year’s early learning funding landscape. Please join us for this call on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern time to help inform your advocacy efforts on this critical issue.
Guest speaker, Joel Packer with the Committee for Education Funding, will discuss:
- This year’s funding picture for early learning and other critical supports for children and families;
- The connections between sequester cuts and caps on non-defense funding, as well as the importance of working to lift these caps; and
- The impact of these funding issues on early learning now and in the future.
This call is being co-hosted by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Child Care Aware, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC), First Five Years Fund (FFYF), National Black Child Development Institute (NBDCI), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and ZERO to THREE.
If you have not yet registered to join this conference call, you can do so here: “Funding for Early Learning: The Current Status and What We Need to Do Moving Forward.”