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ERIC Number: EJ864761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Challenging States to Improve Quality: A New Federal Proposal
Karolak, Eric
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n189 p20-22 Sep-Oct 2009
Everyone knows that "quality" shouldn't be something extra in a child care program. The Obama Administration and leaders in Congress have worked together and this summer proposed an all-new effort to help states prioritize investing in the quality of early childhood learning across all program settings and targeted to the most at-risk children. In July, the U.S. Representative of the Department of Community Affairs (D-CA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced a major higher education initiative: the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The bill aims to reform the college student loan system, with part of the anticipated savings paying for a new Early Learning Challenge Fund. The Challenge Fund proposal makes a significant new investment in early childhood development programs: $1 billion per year over 8 years. It places a new focus on the development of state early learning systems, and makes a commitment to increasing the number of low-income children in high-quality programs. This article discusses the Early Learning Challenge Fund proposal and the status of the legislation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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