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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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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


Reports & Toolkits | A Strong Start Makes a Difference

September 13, 2013

Early Learning! Lots of people are talking about it and we wanted to hear from the educators and parents who regularly witness the powerful effects of high-quality early learning. We asked individuals across the country to tell us about their experiences and what early learning has meant to the children in their lives.


Fact Sheet | President Obama’s Early Learning Proposal

April 12, 2013

This fact explains the details of President Obama's early learning proposal that would expand high-quality early learning opportunities for children birth to age five.


Fact Sheet | The Strong Start for America's Children Bill: Questions and Answers

November 21, 2013

The Strong Start for America's Children bill, introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative George Miller (D-CA), and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY), would increase access to high-quality early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five. This resource contains answers to some commonly asked questions about the legislation and about early care and education. 


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Legal Briefs & Testimony | Testimony from Senate HELP Committee Hearing, "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act"

April 14, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Early Childhood Funding for FY 2015 Appropriations

April 07, 2014

Fact Sheet | President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget: Early Learning Proposals

March 21, 2014

| Watch HBO's New Documentary about low-wage working women, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert"

March 20, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Strong Start for Children Campaign: Summary of 2013 Actions

March 06, 2014