2017 Federal Budget = Increases to child care and early education programs

Congress reach an agreement on an FY 2017 spending measure in late April that will keep the government funded through September.  The budget includes small increases to several child care and early education programs including:

  • The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) received an increase of $95 million, bringing total discretionary funding to $2.856 billion. This was a bigger increase than what was in the original House and Senate bills.

  • Head Start received an increase of $85 million, including $80 million to cover cost of living increases and $5 million in additional funding for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, also for cost-living. This brings the total Head Start funding to $9.253 billion.

  • The 21 Century Community Learning Centers after-school program received an increase of $25 million, bringing total funding to $1.19 billion.