Today brought some good news about increases for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and improvements to the Dependent Care Tax Credit as the White House announced a new agenda for middle class families. It included proposals for a $1.6 billion increase in CCDBG and a nearly doubling of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle-income families (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-preview-initiatives-middle-class-families). More budget details for early childhood will be available with the Administration’s upcoming February 1st release of the full 2011 Budget. It will be important to understand its implications for funding of state and local early childhood programs, including Early Head Start and Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, IDEA, Even Start, and other programs.
To find out the latest on the President’s 2011 Budget Proposal and what it means for early childhood programs, the National Women’s Law Center and CLASP will be hosting a free conference call on the details of the FY 2011 budget.
The call will be moderated by Helen Blank of the National Women’s Law Center and Danielle Ewen of CLASP, and in addition to laying out an overview of the FY 2011 budget, will provide strategies for advocates at the state and national level and a timeline of Congressional actions. The call will also highlight next steps for the Early Learning Challenge Fund and the CCDBG Reauthorization and the impact of the Budget process on both.