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Current Issues In Education


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Current Issues In Education

  1. 1. Federal Funding For Early Education Programs<br />By Jennifer Kolbus<br />
  2. 2. Early Education Programs<br />Early Head Start is the most common program<br />Proven to be effective for children birth to age 5<br />Programs are mostly there to support low income families and families with children who have disabilities<br />
  3. 3. Importance<br />To prepare young children for primary school<br />These programs take into account the factors that contribute to a childs readiness in primary school<br />Ready Children<br />Ready Families<br />Ready Communities<br />Ready Health Services<br />Ready Early Care Services<br />Ready Schools<br />*These factors apply to low income families*<br />
  4. 4. Importance<br />Federal funding only covers administrative costs<br />Highest cost is the evaluation and services<br />With previous cuts in budgets, this could leave children and families without access to services<br />In 2004 62,000 children under the age of 3 were served by early education classrooms.<br />
  5. 5. Previously Proposed Ideas<br />Restricting eligibility has been and idea to reduce costs<br />Insurance revenue<br />Parent costs<br />
  6. 6. Plans for the Future<br />Obama has proposed a budget for 2010 that will increase spending by the U.S. Department of Education by 2.8%<br />Plans to cut 12 programs that White House deems “ineffective”<br />
  7. 7. Plans for the Future<br />Factors to an increase of about 1.3 billion dollars<br />300 millions dollars of that budget will be incorporated into early childhood programs.<br />This separate from the stimulus package<br />
  8. 8. Plans for the Future<br />Obama plans to invest in a universal preschool program<br />Reforming the Child and Dependent Tax Credit<br />Early Learning Challenge Grants<br />
  9. 9. What This Means<br />Quadrupling the number of eligible children and families<br />Ensuring that families have the money to pay for child care needs<br />States will need to match federal funds<br />
  10. 10. Challenges<br />Though many of these plans seem effective, it will take years for them to be put into effect.<br />Some programs that help a few will be cut.<br />Money in this economy is hard to come by so adding funding to early education means decreasing funding elsewhere.<br />
  11. 11. It is important to remember that change can take a while.<br />Early Education has been proven to be beneficial though-out life<br />Conclusion<br />
  12. 12. References<br />Chalk Drawing, June 2, 2009 tiffanywashko<br />Image_4629, November 1, 2008 kaylhew<br />Free School Child Coloring With Green Pencil (unedited) Creative Commons, March 26 2009, Pink Sherbet Photography <br />&quot;It looked like two rabbits and a sun, but it wasn&apos;t two rabbits and a sun”, January 12 2008, Mrs. Finger<br />
  13. 13. References<br />Grant, R. (Winter 2005). State Strategies to Contain Costs in the Early Intervention Program: Policy and Evidence. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 25(4), 243-50. <br /><br />Klein, A. (May 13 2009). Budget Would Boost Incentive Pay, Turnaround Aid. Education Week. 28(31), 20. <br />