House Education and Workforce Subcommittee Hearing, House Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor and Health’s Funding Levels Highlight Congress’ Prioritization Of Early Childhood Education

The House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood Education held a hearing today focused on how states can take active roles in promoting investments in early childhood education programs. The hearing drew bipartisan praise from lawmakers for the need for continued investment in high-quality early childhood education programs.

You can read our top seven favorite moments from today’s Education and Workforce hearing the hearing on our blog, here.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor and Health and Human services also demonstrated continued bipartisan support by releasing a draft of funding for fiscal year 2018, which increased or maintained funding for federal early learning programs.

The draft appropriations bill provides spending increases or maintains funding for:

  • Child Care and Development Block Grants($4M increase to $2,860M)
  • Head Start ($22M increase to $9,275M)
  • Early Head-Start Child Care Partnerships (funding maintained at $640M)
  • Preschool Development Grants (funding maintained at $250M)

Kris Perry, Executive Director of FFYF said, “Today’s events on Capitol Hill show continued leadership from a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, recognizing the federal government’s critical role in supporting high-quality early childhood education programs for America’s youngest children and families.”