Early Childhood Development. Investing In America’s Children. Investing in America’s children is an investment in America’s future Supplying early childhood development programs can help break the cycle of poverty We focus our efforts on quality early education and child care.
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Investing in America’s children is an investment in America’s future
Supplying early childhood development programs can help break the cycle of poverty
We focus our efforts on
quality early education
and child care
Research shows that children who participated in a quality program during their preschool years are better prepared to learn, have
higher self-esteem, and more developed
social skills when
Federally funded program, provides comprehensive child development services to disadvantaged preschool children and their families. These services include:
School readiness and cognitive development services
Frequent medical screening, immunizations, and dental services
Healthy nutritional assistance
Referral services for a range of individual child and family needs
An opportunity for parents to participate in school decision-making
Federally funded program with a mission to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of children ages 3 and under, and promotes healthy family functioning. These services include:
Quality early education both in and out of the home
Comprehensive health and mental health services, including services to women before, during, and after pregnancy
Family support services
Affordable and quality child care is crucial to parent’s productivity at work and children’s intellectual development
Vital for working families, especially low-income families who want to move out of poverty
But, the cost of child care is often too expensive for low income and moderate-income working families
Funding of CCDBG comes from three sources:
CCDBG funding is included at a mandatory level specified in the welfare law
Congress annually appropriates a discretionary amount
States may choose to use part of their federal welfare block grant. The amount varies from year to year and has decreased dramatically because of states’ fiscal crises.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included $2.1 billion in temporary funding for Head Start ($1.1 billion of that is for Early Head Start).
ARRA also included an additional $2 billion in CCDBG funds to provide services to an additional 300,000 children and their families.
We ask Congress to consider a $1 billion increase each for CCDBG and Head Start for FY 2010 so that the programs continue to be financially supported after the temporary stimulus money runs out.
Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS).
House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Ranking Member Todd Tiahrt (R-KS).