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Wednesday, August 4

A Big Step for Children and Families in Washington, DC

The Senate Appropriations Committee completed its mark-up of the FY 2011 budget last week -- including a $990.3 million increase for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) and a $1 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). These recommended increases will fully maintain the level of funding established by the stimulus bill for these programs and they exceed the Obama Administration’s original request.

The Senate committee also included $300 million for the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which would provide competitive grants to states to coordinate quality improvement efforts across disparate early learning systems and programs.

This comes after a House appropriations subcommittee also maintained the majority of President Obama’s recommended increases for EHS/HS and the CCDBG in its July 16 mark-up of the FY 2011 budget.

These are exciting developments in the federal funding process, but more work needs to be done in the coming months to ensure this funding makes it into the final FY 2011 budget. Stay tuned to the Ounce for upcoming advocacy opportunities.

Please take a quick moment to thank Illinois's own Senator Dick Durbin
, who sits on this Senate committee and continues to be a strong voice for young children. Let him know that the residents of Illinois appreciate his efforts in securing this funding and ensuring that families throughout the country have access to quality early education.

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