Federal Funds for Early Learning

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.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.