Sending Office: Castro (TX), Joaquin
SUPPORT PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
DEADLINE: MARCH 9TH COB
We invite you to join us in requesting that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education support at least $400 million dollars in funding for the Preschool Development
The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Department of Education, seeks to increase access to high-quality
early learning programs for our nation’s young learners. Congress last authorized $250 million for this program under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and appropriated an additional $25 million for fiscal year 2020. The increase we request for fiscal year 2021,
providing an additional $125 million to the grant program, will ensure that the federal government continues to support state investments in early learning systems. With a growing school readiness gap between low-income and high-income families, it is important
that we strengthen targeted, effective programs – like the PDG B-5 program – that cultivate readiness amongst underserved students.
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 PDG B-5 program. The deadline to cosign is March 9th COB.
If would like to sign on to the letter, please fill out this Google Form with your office contact information.
If you have questions, please contact Isamar Garcia in Congressman Castro’s office at Isamar.Garcia@mail.house.gov or Tristan Southard in Congressman Katko’s office at
Joaquin Castro John Katko
Member of Congress Member of Congress