Federal Legislators Look toward the Future!

Community, News & Events, Newsletter, Uncategorized
This week, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act was introduced on Capitol Hill by Representative George Miller (D-CA), Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). This bipartisan legislation proposes a 10-year initiative to expand access to high-quality education for children birth through age five. Hooray for legislators who are looking toward the future! First 5 Nevada County is proud to join with other family and children’s advocacy organizations to support this much needed legislation which: Provides funds for high-quality, voluntary preschool for 4-year-olds living under 200% of the federal poverty level through formula funding and state matching Establishes partnerships between Early Head Start and child care providers to improve the quality of comprehensive services infants and toddlers receive Allows states to reserve 15% of their pre-k funding…
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Kids Get Squeezed in the Federal Budget

Studies
posted by Lindsay Dunckel A recent report by the Urban Institute, a non-partisan economic and social policy research institute, shows that children are getting a smaller share of the federal budget, with spending on kids not keeping pace with GDP growth (GDP is gross domestic product, a measure of national income).  Policy change is needed if our children's needs are going to be met. To read more on the report, go to: http://www.urban.org/publications/411699.html
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