Head Start Advocate Update: Looking Back and Charging Forward in the Senate

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  • build upon existing child care infrastructure while also creating a new universal preschool program
  • expand access to and supply of high-quality child care
  • strengthen the workforce by mandating pay parity with elementary school teachers — including $4 billion for Head Start to improve wages for staff
  • add funding for extended duration
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) reintroduced the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, which creates a network of locally-run, affordable, and high quality child care programs akin to Head Start.
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) kicked off his Five Freedoms campaign, which includes mass expansion of Head Start.
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, which would effectively end Head Start as we know it through block granting.

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NHSA is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.

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