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September 24, 2018

Advocates Fear Immigrant Families Could Shun Benefits Under Proposed Trump Rule

A new proposal would not penalize immigrants seeking a green card if their U.S.-born children use public benefits, but advocates still worry that some families will steer clear of certain programs like children's health care and nutritional assistance.

September 10, 2018

New Preschool Development Grants Emphasize Support of Existing Programs

The new version of the federal grant program eliminates many of the requirements that were a part of the Obama-era preschool funding stream, which awarded money to 18 states.

August 03, 2018

Preschool Development Grants Boosted Access to High-Quality Care, Report Says

More than 49,000 new or improved pre-K slots were created under the first version of the Preschool Development Grant program, the Education Department says; a second round of funding is expected for mid-August.

July 10, 2018

Head Start Advocates Seek $200 Million to Help Opioid-Affected Young Children

The National Head Start Association is asking for the funds to replicate programs shown to help children and families touched by drug abuse and trauma.

June 19, 2018

Millions of U.S.-Born Children May Lose Out If Trump Changes Rules for Public Benefits

Current debate is focused on families trying to cross the country's southern border, but other proposals under consideration by the Trump administration could affect millions of legally-present immigrants and their children.

March 28, 2018

Trump Weighs Making Public Benefits a Barrier for Legal Residency

The draft rule reported Wednesday would make it harder for immigrants to receive legal status if they've taken advantage of certain services, but reports say they would not be penalized for using Head Start.

February 09, 2018

Early-Childhood Programs Go From Famine to Feast in New Budget Deal

Congress averted a lengthy government shutdown by approving a bill that calls for billions in additional domestic spending, including for subsidized child care and home visiting.

October 27, 2017

Former Lawmakers Set Aside Policy Differences for Early-Childhood Initiative

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and former Democratic Rep. George Miller joined forces to release a set of policy recommendations aimed at supporting families and young children.

July 31, 2017

Federal Agencies Cooperating More on Early Learning, GAO Report Finds

A Government Accountability Office report finds that the federal agencies that provide early childhood education are doing a better job of ensuring there is less duplication of services.

April 26, 2017

Trump Tax Outline Mentions Tax Relief for Child Care, But Offers No Details

A tax-reform announcement from the White House was short on specifics, but shows child-care affordability is still a Trump administration priority.

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