The administration's proposals would create several new federal programs that would support early education:
The administration has also proposed funding increases for existing early education programs, including a $50 million increase in funding for the Early Reading First program, and a $122 million funding increase for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Head Start and Early Head Start funding increase is intended to ensure that the Head Start base funding level for 2010 includes funding to cover the share of the 2009 cost-of-living adjustmen that was paid for using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The adminsitration has proposed level funding for IDEA Preschool and Infants and Families programs, as well as the Child Care and Development Block Grant. While it porposes new early eudcation programs and increased investments in some existing ones, the administration has also proposed eliminating the Even Start program, funded at $66.5 million in fiscal year 2009. Even Start supports family literacy programs that combine early childhood and adult education services, but recent national evaluations have failed to produce evidence of the program's effectiveness.
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