Research and advocacy has made an impact on early learning in so many different and wonderful ways. This week one of the most exciting differences these researchers and advocates have made is making it possible for the federal government to justify increasing federal spending on early learning!
In a fiscal climate that is tight and many investments are being cut or held the same, early learning spending has gotten an increase in federal dollars through the appropriations omnibus bill! I do believe that is fancy speak for the bill that is going to the house and the senate to vote for the overall federal budget (the link takes you to the wikipedia definition of what an appropriations omnibus bill is).
According to this appropriations bill, federal spending for early learning will increase by 1.5 billion dollars! The 1,500 page bill states how the investments will be made.
The National Association for the Early Education of the Young Child (NAEYC), Child Care Aware Policy Blog, and National Women's Law Center have publications about how the appropriations omnibus bill impacts early education.
- NAEYC describes what the investments are and for what programs. There are also some definitions and descriptions of what certain things mean such as the Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships and tells us what preschool development grants are.
- Child Care Aware Policy Blog provides a deeper understanding into the process of the appropriations committees and omnibus bill in addition to a chart that shows the investments in early learning.
- National Women's Law Center published a blog called "A Step Forward for Early Learning" in which Helen Blanks defines the investments made and explains in detail the preschool development grants.
We have made a resource list that will continually grow and be updated to keep you up to date regarding the federal investments in early learning.