On January 10, 2013, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sent an e-mail to subscribers thanking them for contacting their political representatives about the fiscal cliff.
However, NAEYC warned subscribers that the lobbying is “far from over,” because of the approaching sequestration, which may result in cuts to early childhood education programs for low-income families in two months. According to NAEYC, these automatic cuts to discretionary spending will be significant.
NAEYC published highlights of the sequestration, which includes an 8% across the board cut to Head Start and child care, among others. These cuts are scheduled to begin by March.
NAEYC urged to contact members of Congress and request that cuts not be made to early childhood education programs because the economic future of the country depends upon the education and development of our young children, as well as the job training of their parents. NAEYC urges early childhood education professionals to request that Congress invest in the future of our young children and their families.
NAEYC also noted that these cuts may affect child nutrition. NAEYC urges professionals to tell Congress stories of how early childhood programs are making a difference. NAEYC provided a link to Congress, which is here.
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