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Strong Start for America's Children Act introduced in U.S. Senate, House

November 13, 2013
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Strong Start for America's Children Act Introduced

Legislation would expand partnerships between Early Head Start and child care

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively.  The legislation would follow much of the proposal set forth by President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget proposal, creating a new program providing enhanced access to preschool for 4-year-olds, expanding partnerships between Early Head Start and child care programs, and provide guidance on the importance of home visiting. 

“The introduction of this bill in both the House and Senate sends a clear message that children and families across the country deserve access to affordable, quality early learning experiences,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “The reality is that too many families have difficulty accessing quality early learning opportunities for their children.”

The measure would also establish a reserve fund of $100 million dedicated for the improvement of child care training, licensing, compensation, and other quality standards.  Additionally, the bill would increase the eligibility period for redetermination for at least a year for families receiving assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013.

For more information on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013, click here.