President Biden’s Proposed Budget Calls For An Additional $14.9 Billion Investment In Universal Preschool And Affordable Childcare

President Biden’s proposed budget includes almost $15 billion in additional funding for early care and education. The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees explains why these additional investments benefit our workforce and communities at large. The budget calls for an additional $5 billion so that “all of the approximately four million 4-year-old children in the U.S. have access to high-quality preschool, while also charting a path to expand free school to 3-year-olds.” An additional $9.9 billion would be invested to increase early care and education options so parents have more high-quality options and childcare providers are paid higher wages. The funding would allow states to serve children ages birth to five from families earning up to $200,000. The goal is for the lowest-income families to pay nothing and for most families to pay no more than $10 a day per child.

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