Legislative Tracker: Early Learning and Care in the 116th Congress

At the beginning of the 116th Congress, FFYF developed a set of legislative priorities for Congress that included key areas through which lawmakers might advance early childhood programs and initiatives. Included in that agenda was a recommendation for Members to not only double down in their support for existing programs like CCDBG, Head Start and Preschool Development Grants, but also develop new and innovative solutions to the problems faced by American families.

To date, Republicans and Democrats alike have introduced dozens of bills, big and small, that would strengthen and expand early learning opportunities.

FFYF has developed a tracker for the early childhood legislation introduced in the 116th Congress. Inclusion of legislation in the tracker does not represent an FFYF endorsement of the policy changes proposed.

Bills were identified by reviewing the results of searches using the following key words: child care/childcare, early learning, early childhood, Head Start, home visiting, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and pre-k/prekindergarten. Additionally, the table includes legislation involving early learning and care within broader proposals, including the Higher Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the tax code.