Since taking office, President Obama has made it a top priority to improve access to high-quality early care and education options for families, and to make it easier for parents to find high-quality programs in their community. This report highlights actions, such as those listed next, that the Obama Administration has undertaken to support states and communities to help working families access high-quality early care and education, as well as some results of these investments to date. –Though CCDF the government provides assistance to states and tribes to help pay for childcare for 1.4 million children each month. –The RTT Early Learning Challenge has challenged states to deliver better coordination across early care and education programs. – The President has also prioritized continuous improvement of the Head Start program, which serves nearly one million children from birth to 5 each year.- The Administration launched the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs for at-risk families during pregnancy and children’s early years of life. In 2014, the Administration will take new steps toward President Obama’s plan for early education for all Americans: -The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that $500 million will go to support Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.- The Department of Education (ED) and HHS will jointly administer $250 million in funds to states to build, develop, and expand voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities that will serve as models for expanding preschool to 4-year-old children from low- and moderate-income families. In addition to highlighting Federal investments in early care and education, this report will also highlight state progress on improving access to high-quality early childhood programs, providing information to parents, and investing in the early learning workforce.
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