Strong Start for Children Campaign


Strong Start for Children


Breaking News: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) have 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.

To read a summary of the bill, click here.
To read our in-depth analysis of the bill, click here.
To read our press release, click here.
To read our Early Directions blog about the release event, click here.


The Strong Start for Children Coalition is a united effort of national, state and local organizations to pursue quality early learning settings for all children, particularly low-income children who stand to gain the most from quality preschool and child care programs. Child Care Aware® of America is a national partner in this coalition and supports initiatives that promote early learning, the healthy development of children and working families.

Too many children today do not have access to quality child care or pre-k programs. As part of his FY 2014 budget submitted to Congress, President Obama proposed a comprehensive early learning initiative which includes:

  • High Quality Preschool for Every Child: The President proposed a new federal-state partnership to provide all low- and middle-income 4-year-old children

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    with high quality preschool. The measure is funded by a 94 cent increase in the federal tax on tobacco that would raise $75 billion over 10 years. The proposal also encourages states to expand kindergarten programs to full day once preschool targets are met.
  • Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships: The President proposed expanding access to high quality early learning settings for children from birth through age 3 through a new competitive grant program run through Early Head Start in partnership with child care. The President has proposed $1.4 billion for FY 2014.
  • Expanding Home Visiting: The President has proposed an expansion of voluntary home visiting to enable nurses, social workers, and other professionals to connect families to services and educational support that will improve a child’s health, development and ability to learn.

The President also proposed:

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant: The President has proposed an increase of $500 million in "mandatory” funds for child care (from $2.9 billion this year to $3.4 billion in FY 2014) and an increase of $200 million in CCDBG discretionary funds to improve health and safety.

Access to high quality early care and education helps give children the support they need to start school ready to succeed, provides parents with the support and peace of mind they need to be productive at work, and strengthens our economy in the short- and long-term.


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