Budget Deal Expands Some Early Childhood Programs (ABC News)

– The new budget deal includes $8.6 billion for Head Start programs — a $1 billion increase from 2013 that would expand Head Start to 90,000 new kids.  Among those children are an estimated 40,000 new babies and toddlers who would be eligible for services under a $500 million expansion of early Head Start programs. The deal includes $2.4 billion for a program that provides grants to states for child care assistance for low-income families — a $154 million increase from last year, meaning 22,000 additional children would be helped. The agreement would fund a $250 million Race to the Top competitive grant program that encourages states to create and expand all-day preschool programs for low-income children. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/budget-deal-expands-early-childhood-programs-21537960