Following the first State of the Union address to propose universal pre-K and additional details on the broad logistics of making it happen, the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently provided a new fact sheet on what the initiative means for ACF programs.
Though a critical component of early education, federal efforts on child care and head start are run under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) not the Department of Education (Ed). This fact sheet makes clear that will continue, in addition to highlighting the Administration’s continuing focus on developing this initiative with an attention to the “whole child” and not just their academics. This includes comprehensive health and related supports as well as engaging parents and targeting the most vulnerable children with quality programming. Additionally, the fact sheet clarifies that there is no plan to block grant Head Start.
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