In the coming week, House and Senate Budget Resolutions votes pertaining to the funding of early childhood education may happen.
According to a report from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which was e-mailed to subscribers on March 15, 2013, Head Start, child care, WIC, food stamps, and many other programs for low-income children and families stand to get major cuts if a budget proposal by Chairman Ryan is passed.
On the other hand, Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Murray proposed raising additional revenue, allowing “expanded investments in early childhood education programs,” according to the NAEYC e-mail. Her proposal would create “reserve funds” to provide extra spending for pre-k programs, home-visiting, and child care assistance for working families. This is in alignment with what President Barack Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address . These “reserve funds” would be mandatory funding, "locked in for several years,” according to NAEYC.
Murray’s proposal would prevent future cuts from “discretionary early childhood programs,” and rid these programs of the sequestration.
For more information and to take action, go here http://www.naeyc.org/policy/fiscal_cliff/glossary
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