FY 2014 Budget Includes Significant Funding for Early Childhood

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, passed by Congress and signed by the President on January 17th, provides significant funding for early childhood programs, including:

  • $1.025 billion increase to Head Start to restore the funding cut by the sequestration and provide programs with a cost-of-living increase. Of this increase, $500 million is set aside for new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships proposed by the Administration to grow the supply of high-quality infant and toddler care for America’s youngest children. Increased funding will allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving low-income infants and toddlers, bringing the total Head Start funding to almost $8.6 billion.
  • $154 million increase to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) which fully restores the sequestration cuts and provides a small increase, bringing the total CCDBG to $5.25 billion.
  • $250 million in new funding through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RTT) program in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services for grants to States to develop, enhance or expand access to high-quality preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families.

Watch for various resources related to the EHS-CC Partnerships Initiative, including FAQs, webinars, policy papers and a website to be updated regularly to help you think deeply about this new opportunity. Check the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships website regularly as it will continue to have updates. If you have questions, please send them to EHS.CCPartnerships@acf.hhs.gov. That helps us ensure that our policy team has this on their radar.

For more information related to CCDF, EHS, and the Initiative, you can review the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership slides.