As we come to a close in the calendar year, one thing is clear: It was a banner year for quality child care and early learning!
Congress passed the FY2015 “Cromnibus”
The legislation includes 11 FY2015 appropriations bills, including the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill, that fund most of the government through September 30, 2015 and a continuing resolution (CR) funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through February 27, 2015. On Capitol Hill, the measure is referred to as the FY2015 “Cromnibus” – Continuing Resolution and Omnibus appropriations measure.
What’s in it for early childhood?
- FY2015 Funding Table for Key Early Childhood & Family Programs
- FY2015 Labor, HHS and Education Programs Committee Report Text
Miscellaneous federal budget information:
For more information on the most recent data for CCDBG program statistics (number of children receiving assistance, settings those children are in) and for information about TANF funding used for child care, click here.
The FY2015 Cromnibus included $500 million for EHS/CCPs. This means that there will be sufficient funding for year 2 of the Early Head Start grants announced on December 10, but no funding for new applicants/new grants. To check out the list of preliminary award winners announced on December 10, click here.
Preschool Expansion/Development Grants: The FY2015 Cromnibus included $250 million for preschool development/expansion grants for year 2 of the awards announced on December 10. However, no new funds were provided for any new applicants/new grants.
- To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Expansion Grant applicants in RTT-ELCG states, click here.
- To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Expansion Grant applicants in Non-RTT-ELCG states, click here.
- To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Development Grant applicants, click here.
- To see state applications, scores, and reviewer comments, click here.
Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization (PL1113-186):
On November 19, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law (PL113-186). The bipartisan measure marks the first time in 18 years that Congress has passed legislation to strengthen the quality of child care.
- Bipartisan CCDBG Reauthorization Act Summary
- Text of the CCDBG Reauthorization Act (PL113-186)
- Statements of Support from Key Stakeholders (Child Care Advocacy Groups)
- House Floor Debate (September 2014)
- Senate Floor Debate (November 2014)
- Side by Side Detailed Comparison Between 1996 Law and PL113-186 (2014 Law)
- HHS Office of Child Care Resource Page
- Early Learning Policy Group CCDBG Resource Page
Happy Holidays. Wishing you all the best in 2015! This is the year to close the gap between research, policy, and practice… The opportunity is yours. Seize the day!