Funding for Key Early Learning Programs, FY2025 – First Five Years Fund

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Each year, Congress determines funding levels for all of the federal defense and non-defense discretionary programs, including those that support the care and education of children from birth through age five. Traditionally, subcommittees within the House and Senate Appropriations Committees develop their own legislation that sets funding levels for the programs within their jurisdiction, which is then taken up by the full Appropriations Committees, and later the full legislative body, before a negotiation process between the two chambers of Congress and ultimately the president’s signature. 

Over the past fifteen years, federal early learning programs have seen steady, significant progress through increased, bipartisan investments from both Congress and the White House.

In March of 2024, the White House released details of President Biden’s FY2024 budget request to Congress, which includes increased funding for many federal early learning programs, with increases for programs including an additional $500 million for CCDBG and $544 million for Head Start. The Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) program, however, includes a $65 million decrease from the previous level. In addition, the White House FY25 budget includes funding for initiatives to expand access to high quality ECE and pre-k by $14.9 billion.

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