House Passes Solid Early Education Budget
Posted on 05.22.2015, Friday

Great news… the House passed its final budget, and early education remains strong!

Here is a brief synopsis of the House budget for early education:

  • Funding for Smart Start, NC PreK and Child Care Subsidies continues at same level as previous year.
  • Includes all three child care subsidy budget provisions changes proposed by the NC Child Care Coalition and our partners
    1. changes definition of family income unit to exclude income of non parent relative
    2. allows for prorating parent fees on a part-time basis as defined by policy prior to October 1, 2014, and
    3. establishes income eligibility for children ages 0 to third grade at 200% of federal poverty, and at 133% FPL for children from 4th grade to age 12.
  • Includes new special provision to study early childhood and family support program, including the Child Care Subsidy program, NC PreK and the Smart Start program.

The next step is the Senate budget, and we will need your continued advocacy efforts to keep these gains made for early education. Thank you for making your voice heard on behalf of Durham’s young children and families!

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