Budget and policy decisions at the federal level have a deep impact at home in Pennsylvania. Improving the early care and education system at the national level will result in improvements in the commonwealth too. Read below for updates and information about our federal policy and advocacy work.

Federal Public Policy

Position Statements on Federal Policies can be found here.

The President’s Budget for FFY 2025

President Biden released his budget for FFY 2025

in March 2024, while Congress is still working to wrap up appropriations for FFY 2024. Acknowledging the domestic funding caps that artificially constrain much-needed investments in child care and early learning, the child care and early learning highlights in the President's FFY 2025 budget include:

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant: $8.52B ($230M decrease below FY24 level)
  • Head Start: $12.54B ($270M increase above the FY24 level)
  • Preschool Development Grant Birth-5: $250M ($65M decrease from the FY24 level)
  • IDEA Part B Preschool Grants: $425M ($5M increase above the FY24 level)
  • Idea Part C Grants for Infants and Toddlers: $545M ($5M increase above the FY24 level)
The proposal also includes $14.9 billion increase in mandatory funding over 10 years:
  • Affordable Child Care for America: $400B in mandatory funding over 10 years for the creation of a new program to guarantee access to affordable high-quality child care for children from birth to Kindergarten for families with incomes up to $200,000 per year. ($9.9B increase in mandatory funding above the FY23 level)
  • Universal Preschool: $200 billion in mandatory funding over 10 years to fund universal, voluntary preschool for all 4-year-olds while expanding access to 3-year-olds. Importantly, this proposal supports expanding access to high-quality preschool in a diversity of settings, including public schools and community-based child care programs. ($5B increase in mandatory funding above the FY23 level)

Read NAEYC's Statement on the President's FY2025 Budget Proposal here.


Federal Debt Ceiling
A deal to suspend the debt ceiling until Jan. 1, 2025 was reached between Congress and President Biden in May 2023. The bill caps non-defense discretionary spending which includes the majority of the child care funds we receive from the federal government.
  • FFY2024 child care funding will be level funded.
  • FFY2025 spending can increase by only 1 percent.


Federal Fiscal Year 2024 Budget

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant - $8.75B
  • Head Start and Early Head Start - $12.27B
  • Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five program: $315M
  • IDEA Part B Preschool Grants: $420M
  • IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Toddlers: $540M


Proposals PennAEYC Supports and is Tracking

Child Care for Working Families Act 
S. 1354 and H.R. 2976  Reintroduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03), the Child Care for Working Families Act would tackle the child care crisis head-on: ensuring families can afford the child care they need, expanding access to more high-quality options, stabilizing the child care sector, and helping ensure child care workers taking care of our nation’s kids are paid livable wages. The legislation will also dramatically expand access to pre-K, and support full-day, full-year Head Start programs and increased wages for Head Start workers. Endorsed by NAEYC, a summary of the bills can be found here.
Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA
H.R. 5141 Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) have re-introduced the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act. The bill would establish a glidepath to increase authorization levels for Part C (infants and toddlers) and Section 619 (preschool) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The bill serves as a powerful advocacy tool by demonstrating the actual funding levels needed to implement IDEA’s early childhood programs successfully for young children and their families.


National Early Care and Education Federal Policy Resources


U.S. Health and Human Services