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President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget: Big Investments in Child Care and Early Education

fy2017-budget-231x300Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his final budget request to Congress for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017. As he did with last year’s request, President Obama’s budget reaffirms his commitment to help families gain access to high-quality child care and early education.

President Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposes $82 billion in mandatory CCDF spending over the next ten years. Based on the annually investment of $2.917 billion in mandatory funding, this proposal would represent a $53 billion increase overall. With regards to discretionary child care funding, the President requested just under $3 billion ($2.961) in CCDBG funding for FY 2017, which is a $160 million increase from FY 2016 and over $400 million more then what’s authorized for the next fiscal year in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. Of the total funds requested, $127.2 million aims to improve the quality of infant and toddler care, and $40 million to states and local communities to develop, implement, and evaluate new, innovative models of providing care.

This nearly $1 billion in new money for early childhood education includes;

  • $9.6 billion for Head Start; would increase total investment by $434 million and includes a set-aside of $645 million to expand Early Head Start and the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships,
  • $292 million would be dedicated to increase the number of children attending Head Start in a full school-day and-year program,
  • $1.3 billion for the Preschool for All Initiative. Funds would be to support states to expand the number and availability of high-quality preschool programs to serve four-year-olds from low and moderate income families, as well as to improve existing programs;
  • Extends and expands evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs;
  • $350 million for Preschool Development Grants, which is an increase of a $100 million for both the authorized funding level in the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, and what was appropriated in FY 2016;
  • A slight increase ($27 million) for programs under Title I;
  • A $55 million increase for Promise Neighborhoods; and
  • Proposes again to triple the maximum Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) for families with children under age five (to $3000 per child) and be made available to families with incomes of up to $120,000.

Every year, the President submits a budget blueprint to Congress outlining his annual spending priorities. After the budget is submitted, Congress follows by, if agreed upon, proposing and passing their budget resolutions. If Congress can reconcile a budget resolution between the two chambers, the appropriators in both the Senate and the House of Representatives are then required to pass 12 appropriations (spending) bills annually funding the government through the current and/or next fiscal year, using the budget resolution as a guideline.

However, due to the 2016 Presidential election, a final FY 2017 budget being signed into law is not likely until late December. It’s also possible that a continuing resolution may be enacted until the spring of 2017, leaving the new Administration and the Falls_McLean-6968115th Congress to pass a budget.

We are grateful to the President and the Administration for continuing to make child care and early education a national priority.

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3 comments

  1. sophie kuanghua sie on

    Through President Obama’s brilliant leadership we appreciate the reviving of great American discipline of “gratitude” under the light of Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison’s enlightened comment of that “in framing the United States Federal Government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

    The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget proposal serves as a starting point for the Congress to consider important domestic and military projects which will enable all federal citizens to benefit from the efficient and effective spending of funds contributed by hardworking families from the states.
    Health care, education, criminal/civil justice reform, transportation system, revitalizing American manufacturing, agriculture through R&D, national security, immigration, and job
    creation are all important fundamental concerns to many families who either fight poverty or simply enjoy the local economy.
    You cannot allow others to try to force politics into the budget but should go on with creating effective and efficient implementations, which are just as important as discretionary funding and spending allocations.
    In order to actualize the effective and efficient “implementing”, we need sound and healthy and well-informed and educated “implementers” to carry out all the wonderful projects passed by the Congress to benefit all families.
    The Congress has an obligation to enable all wonderful projects relevant to our concerns within the approved 2017 fiscal future to build on a healthy economy for a strong nation under integrity and to protect all federal citizens’ natural and non-natural rights under the president’s
    leadership.
    It would be greatly appreciated if the Congress would be able to dedicate more time to layout efficient and effective implementing, or proceedings and scheduling, for the wonderful projects which will certainly benefit their family, their neighbors, their community, their state, and their nation.

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