December 21, 2022

Congress Set to Approve Critical Funding Increases for Key Federal Early Childhood Education Programs (

December 20, 2022 | Christy Felling
First Five Years Fund

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressional leaders released their final FY2023 omnibus spending package, which includes prioritizing more than $2.8 billion in funding increases for core federal early learning and care programs, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, Head Start and Early Head Start and the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDGB5) program. The bill notably includes a 30% increase in CCDBG funding, the primary federal child care assistance program, at a time when parents need support the most.

As costs continue to rise for parents and child care providers are exiting the field, this critical increase in funding will help ensure more families have access to the quality child care they rely on to be able to go to work and provide for their family. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle used this opportunity to underscore the importance of early childhood education programs for families and our economy. Today, we urge Congress to get this over the finish line.

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