Federal Budget Proposal Advances Children’s Issues
The President’s 2017 budget proposal, released in February of 2016, proposes significant investments in children and families and makes a strong statement about the importance of early investment. Between now and October, Congress will prepare their budget and set spending levels, using the President’s budget as a blueprint for action. Highlights of the President’s budget include:
- Child Care. The President’s budget proposes a $200 million increase in discretionary funding (the funding set each year in the appropriations process) to help states implement the changes required by the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization. This funding would include a $40 million competitive pilot to build the supply of high-quality child care in rural areas and during non-traditional hours. The proposal also includes $3.7 billion in additional mandatory dollars in FY17, as a first installment of investments totaling $82 billion over 10 years, to ensure high-quality child care access for low- and moderate-income families with children under age 4. Additionally, the budget proposes that child care funded directly through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds meet the same health and safety standards established in the CCDBG reauthorization.
- Head Start. The proposal includes an increase of $434 million in discretionary dollars for Head Start. This includes funding for increasing the number of children in a full-day, full-year program ($292 million), maintaining the current number of children and quality in Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships ($10 million), and providing a cost of living increase ($132 million) for Head Start programs.
- Preschool Development Grants. The proposal includes a $100 million increase for preschool development grants, which would provide continuation funding for existing grantees and new funds under the newly authorized Preschool Development Grants included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.
- Preschool for All and Home Visiting. The proposal includes $75 billion—to be funded with an increased tobacco tax –to support access to high-quality preschool for all four-year-olds from low-income families and evidence-based home visiting. The budget also includes $20 million for a new initiative to provide home visiting in rural and tribal areas that will be jointly administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). The budget provides an increase of $35 million for IDEA preschool grants and $45 million for the IDEA Infants and Families program.
- Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. The budget proposal includes an expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) for families with children under age five. The proposal triples the maximum credit available for families to $3,000 per child and makes the full CDCTC available to families with incomes of up to $120,000.
The Children’s Movement of California
California ranks 41st out of the 50 states in children’s well-being, a ranking that a majority of Californians agree is simply not acceptable. The Children’s Movement with its more than 600 community partners, including First 5 Ventura County, wants to change that by linking people and organizations to legislation that impacts children. The Children’s Movement want to help your voice be heard, on children’s issues that matter to you.
Here’s how it works: Individuals and organizations that join the Children’s Movement receive the latest information on legislation affecting young children and families. Those who wish to advocate on a specific topic can access easy-to-use tools to make their voice heard. Members have flexibility to add their support to any piece of legislation that’s presented. Learn more by visiting The Children’s Movement online.