Reflections from the Executive Office

the president’s plan part Two

The President’s plan on child care and early education, part of which was outlined in my last blog post, includes several other components of note. Again, this is excerpted from a summary prepared by the National Women’s Law Center.

  • Preschool for All: The President continues to call for making preschool available to all four-year-olds in low- and middle-income families through state-federal partnerships, at a cost of $75 billion over ten years paid for with a tobacco tax increase.
  • Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: The President proposes to expand this new initiative, which is designed to expand the availability of high-quality, full-day early care and education for infants and toddlers.
  • Full-School-Day/Full-School-Year Head Start: Funding would be provided to allow all Head Start program to operate at least for a full school day (6 hours a day) and full school year (170 days a year).
  • Voluntary Home-Visiting: The President proposed to continue and expand voluntary home visits by nurses and other professionals to vulnerable families with very young children.
  • Child Care Tax Credit: As described in his middle-class tax cut plan announced this past weekend, and as we summarized in our email to you on Tuesday, the President proposes to increase the maximum Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) for a child under age five from $1,050 to $3,000, and to make the maximum credit available to more middle-class families. However, the CDCTC would remain non-refundable—making it unavailable to families with incomes too low to owe federal income tax—so the significant investment in CCDBG in the proposal announced today is essential to reach low-income families.

The President spoke about the proposal on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the University of Kansas, and his budget—which will be released on February 2nd—will have more details about it.

We look forward to working with you to move this exciting, important child care and early education agenda forward!