Over the past fifteen years, federal early learning programs have seen steady, significant progress through increased, bipartisan investments from both Congress and the White House.
On Thursday, the White House released details of President Biden’s FY2024 budget request to Congress, which includes increased funding for many federal early learning programs, including an additional $980 million for CCDBG, $1.1 billion for Head Start (with over $500 million dedicated to increasing compensation for Head Start staff), and $45 million for PDG B-5. The significant funding request for CCDBG alone is estimated to expand access to high-quality child care to an additional 500,000 children.
The President’s proposal also includes $600 billion in mandatory funding over 10 years for child care ($400 billion) and preschool ($200 billion), which would enable states to expand child care options for more than 16 million children and preschool to 4 million 4-year-old children. Additionally, the budget includes $500 million for a new preschool incentive demonstration program to expand preschool in community-based settings.
FFYF commends the Biden administration’s commitment to making child care and early learning a top priority.