In an incredible development on Wednesday, July 15th, Chairman Miller (House Education and Labor Committee) introduced H.R. 3221: the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 which contains legislation for an Early Learning Challenge Fund (Title IV in the bill).
Title IV would authorize the President's proposed new Early Learning Challenge State Grants program at the Department of Education (in close coordination with the Administration on Children and Families at Health and Human Services), at a level of $1 billion in mandatory funding per year over 10 years, the express goal of which is to increase the number of low-income/disadvantaged kids aged 0-5 in high quality early learning programs.
Attached are materials provided by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. They include the actual language of the early learning section of the bill, a summary of that section, a powerpoint breakdown of the bill and the effort to move it forward, and a list of the members of the House Education & Labor Committee. That is where the bill currently sits and committee members will begin mark-up early next week.
Correspondence and messaging in support of the Early Learning Challenge Fund to Washington’s congressional delegation is needed between now and Tuesday in order to ensure that committee members do not target this fund for other programs. Particularly to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of the committee.
If you have any questions regarding this bill, please contact Leslie.