Increase Head Start Funding and Create Presidential Early Learning Council

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"We'll increase Head Start funding and quadruple Early Start to include a quarter of a million at-risk children. I will create a Presidential Early Learning Council to coordinate this effort across all levels of government and ensure that we're providing these children and families with the highest-quality programs." — 11/20/07, Manchester, Iowa

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Updated: February 17, 2009

Stimulus Signed Into Law

When President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the so-called stimulus package, into law on February 17, it included $2 billion for Head Start funding.

Updated: February 11, 2009

Compromise Bill Retains Funding

The stimulus bill that emerged from the House and the Senate conference maintains $2 billion in funds allocated for Head Start.

Updated: January 29, 2009

House Passes Stimulus Bill, Funds Head Start

The House approved $2 billion for Head Start funding as part of the stimulus bill.

Updated: January 14, 2009

Obama Pushes For Head Start Funding

Obama wants his economic stimulus to include increased funds for Head Start. The Department of Health and Human Services administrates the Head Start and Early Start programs, and the Secretary-designate Tom Daschle had some praise for the two programs in his opening statement at his Senate confirmation hearing — albeit buried at the end of his speech.

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