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Early Childhood Staff Stipend Incentive Program

ATTENTION: The deadline to submit an application for the $1,000 staff stipend was May 31, 2022. No further stipend applications are being accepted at this time. Please stay tuned for future opportunities!

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The Build Back Better Plan is shaping up to be the most transformative investment in children and caregiving in generations.

Preschool in the United States costs about $8,600 per year. The Build Back Better framework will enable states to expand access to free preschool for more than 6 million children per year and increase the quality of preschool for many more children already enrolled.  Importantly, parents will be able to send children to high-quality preschool in the setting of their choice – from public schools to child care providers to Head Start. The program will lead to lifelong educational and economic benefits for children and parents, and is a transformational investment in America’s future economic competitiveness.

Highlights related to early childhood:

  • Provide universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high school 100 years ago.
  • Make the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most working American families more than half of their spending on child care.
  • Provide more than 35 million households up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit.

Build Back Better Framework

Build Back Better Fact Sheet