Yesterday, the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal was released and it includes a proposed reduction of $85 million for Head Start and Early Head Start. This is challenging news given the increases made in FY 2017 to support the HS and EHS community.
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) released a statement that succinctly addresses the impact of this proposed budget reduction. From meeting the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to attracting and retaining high quality staff, you know first hand that a strong budget is essential to the health of HS and EHS. Check out NHSA’s full statement here.
Interested in how the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) initiative fared in the budget? Check out our recent post on our Talking Points blog. In the post, The Legislative Outlook: Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships, we explain the federal funding process, provide legislative background on EHS-CCP and address the current and future status of EHS-CCP funding.
Remember, the budget process is just that – a process. There are multiple layers of review and revision that the FY 2018 budget must go through before it is finalized. Keep your eye out for more information as the process moves forward!