Senate HELP Committee Marks Up Early Education Bill

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In mid-May, the Senate HELP Committee marked up the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S 1697). AASA neither endorsed nor opposed the legislation. AASA supports investment in early education and welcomes the opportunity for bold legislation like this proposal, but question the relevance of a new, standalone bill (that is not paid for), especially when two other existing early education programs—Head Start and the Child Care Development Blok Grant—are past due for reauthorization. Read our letter, where we outline our concerns related to eligible entities and funding.

The bill was passed out of committee, is not expected on the floor, and the House has no plans to consider similar legislation. This bill will rest on its heels until it expires at the end of the calendar year.


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