The early childhood policy and advocacy landscape at the national level is growing. Federal policy and funding for early childhood programs and services are primarily within the following agencies:
- Office of Child Care (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) oversees the implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, a major source of state funding for childcare subsidies and quality improvement efforts.
- Office of Head Start (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) manages grant funding for Head Start services.
- Office of Early Learning (U.S. Department of Education) is responsible for discretionary grant programs, specifically the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge and Preschool Development Grants.
- Maternal Child Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) provides funding to states to implement a wide range of programs and services for women and young children.
Please visit the websites of our talented and committed national partners in policy, advocacy, and innovative programming for Illinois’ youngest children and families.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Child Care Aware
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Center for Children in Poverty
National Institute for Early Education Research
National Women’s Law Center
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