This bill would create a 10-year federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children up to age five. It would provide full-day kindergarten for four-year old children from families that were 200% below the poverty line. The federal government would provide money to states that would in turn distribute that money to local entities that could provide kindergarten services.
The bill also includes $100 million reserved to support child care training, licensure, and professional development, including support for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The bill was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in Senate and Representative George Miller (D-CA), and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) in the House.