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Strong Start for Children - Building America's Future

Strong Start for Children - Building America's Future

In his State of the Union address in February, President Obama announced an ambitious agenda for early care and education. This early care and education initiative would greatly increase access to high-quality pre-K for four-year-olds with a new investment of $75 billion to support state-federal partnerships, expand the availability of high-quality options for infants and toddlers through partnerships between Early Head Start and child care, and expand voluntary home visiting programs with a new investment of $15 billion.

High-quality early care and education helps give children the boost they need to succeed in school, 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. These benefits have garnered support for early care and education investments from across the political spectrum.

Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S. 1697, H.R. 3461) 


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Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Increasing Investments in Early Learning for FY 2016

March 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, 44 national organizations sent a sign-on letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, and the Appropriations Subcommittes on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, in support of increases for early learning programs in the FY 2016 appropriations process.


Reports & Toolkits | Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

October 22, 2014

Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.


| Early Learning Builds Our Future Event September 17

September 8, 2014

Similar to last year's Chutes & Ladders event, this year to illustrate the importance of prioritizing investments in early learning, advocates, Administration officials, and members of Congress will be playing with GIANT building blocks on Capitol Hill!

Date: Wednesday, September 17


Reports & Toolkits | Early Learning with Funding from Tobacco Tax

September 25, 2013

President Obama’s proposal would ensure that 2 million low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool — and it would prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers later in life. Find out more at


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Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Increasing Investments in Early Learning for FY 2016

July 14, 2015

Fact Sheet, Reports & Toolkits | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

May 12, 2015

Issue Briefs | Governors’ 2015 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education

April 22, 2015

Reports & Toolkits | Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: A Guide for States

April 01, 2015