BREAKING NEWS FOR BABIES: House Economic Recovery Package Includes Significant Investments in Young Children

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives unveiled its economic recovery package, one of the first steps in efforts to spur the economy and protect the well being of our country’s children and families. The bill includes significant funds targeted for infants and toddlers, making a smart investment in our nation’s future. 

The economic recovery package contains the following provisions that would impact infants, toddlers, and their families: 

·       $2.1 billion for Head Start to provide comprehensive services to an additional 110,000 children; $1.1 billion of these funds have been designated for Early Head Start. Up to 10 percent of the Early Head Start funds is targeted for training and technical assistance and up to 3 percent is targeted for monitoring.

·       $2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant to provide child care services to an additional 300,000 children.

·       $600 million in formula grants for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help states serve children with disabilities age 2 and younger. 

Investing in programs for young children benefits the economy immediately by: 1) ensuring that parents are able to take advantage of job opportunities while their children are in care, and 2) by creating new jobs in the early care and education workforce.  But it also creates sustained growth for our economy by providing children with the services they need to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and the work force. 

For more information on the House economic recovery package, click here  to read a summary or click here  to read the full bill text. 

The House is expected to hold hearings and proceed to consideration of the economic recovery package next week, and the Senate will likely introduce their version of the economic recovery package in the coming days.  Stay tuned to The Baby Monitor for further information and opportunities to take action to ensure that infants, toddlers, and their families remain a focus in the economic recovery package. 

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