We are excited to share that Governor Carney has proposed significant investments in quality child care and early education programs in his recommended budget. This is a top priority for the American Heart Association, and we appreciate the Governor’s leadership!
Governor Carney’s recommended budget would: invest over $10 million to increase Purchase of Care rates to better support programs and children in need; expand applicant eligibility for Purchase of Care to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to reach more children; and double funding going to the Early Childhood Assistance Program to $12.2 million, to serve more 3- and 4-year-olds and provide programs with more resources.
In the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops rapidly, building an important foundation for future learning, behavior, and health. According to an issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, children who participate in early childhood programs are more likely to grow up as healthy adults and have higher earnings.
Governor Carney’s budget is an important starting point, but much more needs to be done to support Delaware’s children and families. Our work is just beginning! The Joint Finance Committee will hold hearings in February on the Governor’s recommendations. We will be working closely with coalition partners to build upon the Governor’s proposals.
Stay tuned for additional details in the coming months – and please join us in thanking Governor Carney for making child care and early education a priority in his budget. Click here to send a thank you note today!