Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013 - Quick Overview

Last week my email was a-flurry with notifications of a bi-partisan bill that was introduced to congress.  This bill is designed to focus on different aspects of the 0-5 early learning landscape.  The bill is split into 4 main categories and while most of them touch on child care in one aspect or another, for example - expanding the reach of Early Head Start programs through "innovative partnerships with child care programs to improve quality" (Cole, Summary of Strong Start For America's Children Bill, Zero-Three).  

"The legislation would follow much of the proposal set forth by President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget proposal" (Child Care Aware of America, Strong Start For Children Campaign).

One of the Child Care specific aspects included setting aside reserve funds for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in the amount of 100 million dollars.  These funds would be set aside for competitive grants for states to improve the quality of child care focusing on:

"training, education, and professional development for child care staff; training and technical assistance for providers to become licensed; workforce incentives linked to increased credential or degree completion; meeting health and safety standards; and technical assistance to implement nutrition, physical activity or obesity prevention programs." (Cole, Summary of Strong Start For America's Children Bill, Zero-Three

Another child care specific item ensures children can receive care for at least a year prior to redetermined eligibility.

Get Involved

  • Zero to Three = You'd like to tell congress to co-sponsor the bill?  This link, from Zero to Three, helps you encourage congress to roll back sequester cuts and support the co-sponsoring of the Strong Start for Children Act.
  • Child Care Aware = Strong Start for Children Advocacy.  Interested in getting alerts for the Strong Start for Children Campaign?  This link from Child Care Aware provides you an opportunity to do that.
  • Strong Start For Children Advocacy Toolkit = This toolkit provides you with information, ideas and instructions to help you advocate for early education and care

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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 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