Legislative

What is the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)?

By: Tara Laxer
Date: February 9, 2015
It has been over almost two decades since Congress has passed the Child Care and Development Grant, which would increase the quality of early education.
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Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget recommends $1.06 billion in funding for early child education and care, an increase of approximately $33.5 million. The proposed funding includes a $46 per-child increase in the base student allocation for the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program, a $30 million appropriation for a statewide initiative to decrease the school readiness program waiting list and money for teacher scholarships and training. Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, I know first-hand that education is the key to a great future. Having quality early learning programs available for our youngest children is part of my commitment to ensuring that Florida is the top state in the nation for education and for jobs.”
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Lawmakers Revisit Upgrade for Early Learning Programs

By: Margie Menzel
Source: The News Service of Florida
Date: January 22, 2015
TALLAHASSEE- After failing last year to pass legislation upgrading the health and safety standards of Florida's early-learning programs, lawmakers are beginning the process again for 2015. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee unanimously passed a measure (SPB 7006) that is similar to a bill that died at the end of the 2014 legislative session. Committee Chairman John Legg, R-Lutz, said the bill would increase compliance with child-care standards and increase training qualifications for early childhood education providers. For instance, the bill would require child-care personnel to be at least 18 years old and have high school diplomas, unless they are not responsible for supervising children. Currently, though experts say the quality of teachers has a profound impact on learning outcomes for preschoolers, the state's licensing standards don't require a high-school diploma or GED, while permitting instructors to be as young as 16.
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President Obama's Plan on Early Education

Source: White House
Date: January 13, 2015
Early Learning Expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest investments that we can make. Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child’s success in school and in life. In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama called upon Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool for every child in America, proposing investments that support a continuum of early learning opportunity, beginning at birth and continuing to age five. In January 2014, he challenged more Americans – elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, and the public – to help more children access the early education they need to succeed in school and in life.
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CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

By: NAEYC
Source: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/federal/ccdbg
Date: January 1, 2015
The program purpose and authorization: A growing number of mothers with children are in the workforce and require child care and after-school care. The cost of child care is a significant part of a family's budget. One out of three families with young children earns less than $25,000 a year. Yet, full-day child care can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 and up per year. The availability of subsidies for low-income and working families for child care is inadequate to ensure that children have access to high-quality child care.
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A Look Inside the Revised Child Care Development Block Grant Bill

By: Christina Samuels
Source: Education Week
Date: November 16, 2014
Late Monday, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan revision of the Child Care Development Block Grant, which now heads to the president's desk for his signature. Lawmakers and early-childhood advocates hailed the passage of the bill, which helps low-income families pay for child care. It has not been revised since 1996. Here's a look back at the history of the law, and some of the notable changes.
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(West Palm Beach, FL) Florida’s First Lady, Ann Scott, Tuesday visited Opportunity, Inc. Early Learning Center in Palm Beach County to see firsthand the difference a quality early learning environment can make in a child’s life. Opportunity Inc. is one of the earliest sites to participate in the Quality Counts system, and one of the first child care centers in Palm Beach County to participate in the Teaching Strategies GOLD Online Pilot Program supported by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County. Opportunity Inc. offers the School Readiness Program and developmental screenings to identify potential health or other developmental delays that may impact children’s school success.

Mayors, Here’s your Brain on Early Childhood Education (ECE)

By: Eva-Marie Ayala
Source: Dallas News
Date: June 30, 2014
The nation’s mayors had a crash course in neuroscience this morning as brain expert Patricia Kuhl showed them how much early childhood education makes a difference. The interaction and experiences children have from birth to five determine what kind of connections in the brain stay over a lifetime, said Kuhl, the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

Office of Early Learning Executive Director Shan Goff said, “Our state takes early learning seriously and we are proud to be a national leader in prekindergarten access. However, we assert that Florida also leads the way in the ultimate measure of quality that is not included in the NIEER report, which are results.
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