The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a FY 2014 bill providing money to improve early childhood care and education. Several highlights are summarized below.
Head Start: The bill includes $9.6 billion for Head Start. This includes $1.4 billion to expand Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.
Child Care: The bill includes $2.5 billion for Child Care Development Block Grants.
Preschool Development Grants: The bill includes $750 million for a new program to support states’ efforts to expand or create high-quality preschool systems for four-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.
Investing in Innovation: The bill provides $170 million for the Investing in Innovation education program.
Special Education: The bill provides $11.7 billion for educating students with disabilities, including: $463 million to support statewide systems of coordinated and early intervention services for two-year-olds and younger with disabilities, as well as their families; and $70 million to support research on how people with disabilities learn and how best to meet their educational needs.
Title I (Education for the Disadvantaged): The bill includes $14.6 billion for Title I grants to school districts for improving education for low-income students.