Breaking News: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) have introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively. The legislation would follow much of the proposal set forth by President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget proposal, creating a new program providing enhanced access to preschool for 4-year-olds, expanding partnerships between Early Head Start and child care programs, and provide guidance on the importance of home visiting.
The Strong Start for Children Coalition is a united effort of national, state and local organizations to pursue quality early learning settings for all children, particularly low-income children who stand to gain the most from quality preschool and child care programs. Child Care Aware® of America is a national partner in this coalition and supports initiatives that promote early learning, the healthy development of children and working families.
Too many children today do not have access to quality child care or pre-k programs. As part of his FY 2014 budget submitted to Congress, President Obama proposed a comprehensive early learning initiative which includes:
The President also proposed:
Access to high quality early care and education helps give children the support they need to start school ready to succeed, provides parents with the support and peace of mind they need to be productive at work, and strengthens our economy in the short- and long-term.
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