Murray Comes Through for Kids; Senate Labor HHS Committee Provides $989 million for Head Start
On July 27th, the Senate Labor HHS appropriations subcommittee, of which Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is a member, voted to support major investments in early learning including a $989 million increase for Head Start. The full committee will mark up the bill on Thursday. The funding will be used to maintain the increases in the number of children served as a result of the Recovery Act. Nationwide more than 60,000 Head Start children are being served with recovery act funds, and 1,034 of those children live in Washington State. This expansion of much-needed services to low-income families resulted in 162 jobs being created statewide.
The Senate Labor HHS bill also included a $1 billion increase in child care assistance to support low income families and $300 million to start a new early childhood fund that states can use to improve early education standards and practices, build an effective early childhood workforce, and improve the school readiness of young children.