Early childhood education has become a higher priority for federal policymakers in 2015, which means good news for ACS, our clients, and young children across the country. The first month of 2015 has been a promising one, as new voices promise to integrate early education into their plans.
Early learning is becoming a top priority in education reform as Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for Congress to improve access to high-quality preschool through ESEA.
Last week early childhood was a prominent theme in the President’s State of the Union address and the White House released two fact sheets as part of the President’s ongoing efforts to improve child care quality, access, and affordability for working and middle-class families. The first fact sheet outlined the President’s priority for a tax code that invests in middle-class families. The “Making Child Care, Education, and Retirement Tax Benefits Work for Middle-Class Families” section discusses ways that this proposal will simplify and expand childcare tax benefits. The second was a comprehensive plan to make affordable, quality childcare available to every working and middle-class family with young children.
We look forward to working with our clients this year to help more young children access quality early learning and development opportunities.