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ACF’s budget focuses on support for early childhood education and child care through the creation of two new programs and the historic increases in annual funding for Head Start, preschool development grants and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

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The American Rescue Plan at ACF

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides critical and unprecedented support to children, families, and communities in response to the COVID pandemic and resulting economic downturn, which have been exacerbated by historic racial injustices. ARP funding provides a comprehensive approach to transform the way we support children and families to meet communities where they are and address system inequalities.

As one of the largest stimulus packages in U.S. history, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides ACF with resources to fund grants and initiatives that meet the urgent needs of the children, families, and communities we serve disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and build a strong foundation for the next generation.

American Rescue Plan illustration with diverse families.