Sending Office: Honorable Joaquin Castro
SUPPORT PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
DEADLINE: MARCH 14TH COB
Current Cosigners (44): Reps. Joaquin Castro, John Katko, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jerry McNerney, Chellie Pingree, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Keith Ellison, Anthony G. Brown, David N. Cicilline, Lois Frankel, Bonnie Watson
Coleman, Terri A. Sewell, John Yarmuth, Jerrold Nadler, Juan Vargas, Steve Cohen, Albio Sires, Mark Takano, Peter Welch, Joe Courtney, Suzanne Bonamici, Yvette D. Clarke, Darren Soto, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Mark DeSaulnier, Elizabeth H. Esty, Jan Schakowsky,
Jacky Rosen, Danny K. Davis, Nydia M. Velázquez, John B. Larson, Ann McLane Kuster, Bobby L. Rush, Adriano Espaillat, Kathleen M. Rice, Jamie Raskin, Ruben J. Kihuen, Louise M. Slaughter, Barbara Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Diana DeGette, James P. McGovern, Earl
FY18 Cosigners (55): Reps. Joaquin Castro, John Katko, Bobby Scott, Louise M. Slaughter, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Yvette D. Clarke, Mark Takano, Chellie Pingree, Richard M. Nolan, Kathleen M. Rice, Alcee L. Hastings, Mark Pocan, Albio Sires,
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Juan Vargas, Gregory W. Meeks, Mark DeSaulnier, John Yarmuth, Jerrold Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Steve Cohen, Stephen F. Lynch, Ann McLane Kuster, Elizabeth H. Esty, Darren Soto, Earl Blumenauer, Joe Courtney, Jan Schakowsky, Jared
Huffman, Tony Cárdenas, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Tom O’Halleran, Lois Frankel, Danny K. Davis, Jerry McNerney, Jared Polis, Anthony Brown, Peter Welch, Donald M. Payne Jr., Keith Ellison, James P. McGovern, Elijah Cummings, Suzanne Bonamici, Kyrsten Sinema, Jacky
Rosen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, A. Donald McEachin, David N. Cicilline, Al Green, Jamie Raskin, Pramila Jayapal, John K. Delaney, Frederica S. Wilson, Barbara Lee, Ryan A. Costello.
We invite you to join us in requesting that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education support $350 million dollars in funding for the Preschool Development Grant program.
The Preschool Development Grant program, overseen by the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to increase access to high-quality early learning programs for our nation’s young learners. Congress last appropriated
$250 million for this program under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. The increase we request for fiscal year 2019, providing an additional $100 million to the grant program, will ensure that preschool programming can be offered to more children
throughout the country. With a growing school readiness gap between low-income and high-income families, it is important that we strengthen targeted, effective programs – like the Preschool Development Grant program – that cultivate readiness amongst underserved
Research shows the immense benefits of high-quality preschool, in both the short-term and long-term. Children who are enrolled have greater test scores, are less likely to repeat a grade, and are more likely to graduate from high school. Later in life,
those enrolled are more likely to attend a four-year college, own a home, and less likely to commit crimes. In order to foster a globally competitive 21st century workforce and strengthen our communities, we must continue to invest in early childhood education.
We urge you to join us in sending the below letter, requesting this important funding for the Preschool Development Grant program. The deadline to cosign is March 14th COB. If you have questions or would like to cosign the letter, please
contact Jacqueline Sanchez in Congressman Castro’s office at Jacqueline.Sanchez@mail.house.gov or Jennifer Wood in Congressman Katko’s office at Jennifer.Wood@mail.house.gov.
Joaquin Castro John Katko
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
As the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee develops its Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to fund the Preschool Development Grant program at $350 million. We appreciate
the Subcommittee’s commitment to this program as demonstrated though the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process and hope to build on its success in the coming fiscal year.
When the Preschool Development Grant program first began in 2013, 36 states applied and, due to the limited availability of funds, the Department of Education awarded only 18 states with four-year grants to either expand or improve high quality, full-day
preschool programming. These competitive grants made it possible for states like Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Virginia to bolster preschool programs for children and bring high-quality programming to communities across the country that lacked such access.
To date, the grants have served more than 130,000 children.
We were pleased that Congress authorized Preschool Development Grants in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at $250 million per fiscal year (P.L. 114-95). The inclusion of Preschool Development Grants in ESSA builds upon the solid body of research that
says high-quality preschool improves school readiness and long-term academic success of children by supporting their academic and social-emotional skills. Support for this grant is an important step to fostering a globally competitive 21st century
workforce. Under ESSA, all states are now eligible to apply for a Preschool Development Grant. However, we urge you to provide funding above the authorized amount so every state that meets the grant’s requirements can receive adequate funding.
We respectfully request that the Subcommittee fund this program at $350 million to help states develop comprehensive early learning systems that will serve children in high-need communities across the country.
Members of Congress
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