Presentation on theme: "2013 U.S Poverty Early Childhood Campaign (secondary campaign) Protecting and Expanding Investments in Head Start and Child Care."— Presentation transcript:
2013 U.S Poverty Early Childhood Campaign (secondary campaign) Protecting and Expanding Investments in Head Start and Child Care
2 2 Early Childhood Development Campaign 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. Parents need access to reliable child care in order to work. We focus our efforts on quality early education and child care.
3 3 Early Childhood Development Campaign Investing in America’s Children Research shows that pre-school and early education programs: Offer the most promising way to ensure school readiness Contribute to decreasing student achievement gaps Can have long-term positive effects such as consistent employment, college education, less use of public assistance James Heckman, a Nobel-prize winning economist, found that every dollar invested in early childhood programs for at-risk children yields between $7 and $9 in societal benefits
4 Early Childhood Development Campaign Head Start provides comprehensive child development services to disadvantaged preschool children (ages 3-6) and their families. 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 Early Head Start promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of children ages 3 and under, and promotes healthy family functioning. Quality early education both in and out of the home Parenting education Comprehensive health and mental health services, including services to women before, during, and after pregnancy Nutrition education Family support services Head Start and Early Head Start
5 Early Childhood Development Campaign Head Start and Early Head Start Head Start was appropriated $7.9 billion in FY 2012 Head Start served 1.1 million children and pregnant women in 2012 Early Head Start served 148,812 children under age 3 and 16,710 pregnant women throughout the country. Between 2010-2011, Head Start served less than half of all eligible children and Early Head Start served only about 4 percent of eligible children.
6 Early Childhood Development Campaign Child Care 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. o Center based child care fees for two children (an infant and a 4- year-old) exceeded annual median rent payments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and funds to improve child care quality. CCDBG currently serves one in six children eligible.
7 Early Childhood Development Campaign Sequestration Head Start Estimates are that 65,000 - 70,000 children will lose access to services in 2013 alone 11,500 staff will lose jobs Child Care 30,000 children and their families will lose child care assistance
8 Early Childhood Development Campaign House and Senate FY 2014 Funding Proposals House assumes sequestration stays in effect (except for defense) and cuts Labor-HHS programs by another 18 percent No Labor-HHS mark up yet Senate – HUGE new investments in Early Learning $9.6 billion for Head Start $1.6 billion increase, including $1.4 billion for Early Head Start $2.5 billion for CCDBG $176 million increase $750 million for state pre-school
9 Early Childhood Development Campaign Head StartEarly Head StartCCDBGPreschool $9.621 billion$2.5 billion$750 million for Preschool Development Grants $146 million for cost-of-living $1.43 billion increase, including Early Head Start- Child Care partnerships Includes $66 million increase or access $25 million for the costs of re- competition (or DRS) Includes a $110 million increase for new quality improvement grants available to each state Senate Funding Breakdown
10 Early Childhood Development Campaign Urge House and Senate members to support the Senate funding levels for Head Start and child care $9.6 billion for Head Start, a $1.6 billion increase $2.5 billion for CCDBG, a $176 million increase $750 million for pre-school development grants Senate Key Players: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) House Key Players: Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-GA-1) Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) 2013 Early Childhood Request
11 Early Childhood Development Campaign Engage: Recently, military leaders said that early childhood education is a national security imperative and business leaders have called on Congress to make new investments in early learning a priority. Problem: Unfortunately, we’re regressing in our efforts to educate our children. Sequestration cuts are forcing Head Start and child care programs to close classrooms, lay off staff, and scale back services. Early Childhood Laser Talk
12 Early Childhood Development Campaign Inform: Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care give at-risk children the cognitive and social foundation they need to succeed. Children who have access to quality preschool grow up healthier, smarter, and become more productive as adults. Sadly, sequestration cuts will force 65,000 children out of Head Start and 30,000 will lose child care this year. The Senate is doing its best to reverse course and make a renewed commitment in early childhood development. Early Childhood Laser Talk
13 Early Childhood Development Campaign Early Childhood Laser Talk Senate Call to Action: Will you talk to Senate leadership and express your support for the Senate Labor-HHS funding levels, which allocate $9.621 billion in Head Start in FY 2014 ($1.6 billion increase), $2.5 billion in the Child Care Development Block Grant ($176 million increase), and $750 million for preschool development grants to help expand preschool to all low- and moderate-income children? House Call to Action: Will you speak with House Labor-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro urging them to allocate $9.621 billion in Head Start in FY 2014 ($1.6 billion increase), $2.5 billion in the Child Care Development Block Grant ($176 million increase), and $750 million for preschool development grants to help expand preschool to all low- and moderate- income children?
14 Early Childhood Development Campaign Early Childhood Education Resources RESULTS: www.results.orgwww.results.org First Focus: http://www.firstfocus.net/http://www.firstfocus.net/ Zero to Three: http://www.zerotothree.org/http://www.zerotothree.org/ National Head Start Association: http://www.nhsa.org/http://www.nhsa.org/ First Five years Fund: http://www.ffyf.org/http://www.ffyf.org/ Early Care and Education Consortium: http://www.ececonsortium.org/ http://www.ececonsortium.org/ Half In Ten: Campaign to Cut Poverty in Half: www.halfinten.orgwww.halfinten.org
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