On December 18th, following months of hard work and intense negotiations, Congress passed a final spending package for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill included a significant increase in funding for Head Start programs - $570 million - to support and strengthen the Head Start workforce, to expand the duration of Head Start programs, and to expand slots for infants and toddlers.
This bipartisan investment is a significant step forward for Head Start and represents Congress’ and the President’s commitment to the success of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.
We don't know quite yet what this will look like here at NCCDI, and we won't until we get closer to the end of the fiscal year. We do know, however, what is involved in the actual bill. Here is a brief summary, from National Head Start Association:
Head Start - Head Start and Early Head Start received a $570 million increase bringing the total funding level for the program to an historic level of $9.168 billion. That breaks down into the following areas:
Pre-K Development and Expansion Grants - The Pre-K Development and Expansion Grants received flat funding, $250 million, in order to continue funding the 18 states who were awarded grants last year. Of particular note, the bill funds the Pre-K Development and Expansion grants under the previous authority NOT the new authority for Preschool Development Grants that recently was created in the Every Student Succeeds Act. This means that these grants are not expected to change until 2017.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part b and Part c - IDEA Part b and Part c both received a funding increase in FY16 - $15 million and $20 million respectively.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) - CSBG received a funding increase of $41 million, bringing its total funding to $714.9 million.
This is great news for our Head Start community!