Proposed Coronavirus Assistance Bill Includes $600 Million for Early Childhood Programs

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The U.S. House and Senate have introduced bills that would distribute $3 billion for mandatory grant programs and flexibilities for early childhood education programs and K-12 schools. 

$600 million of this amount would go to early education programs to meet emergency staffing needs, cover costs to clean and sanitize facilities, and provide training and supports to staff. 

This new legislation is expected to be included in a third coronavirus assistance package. The first package included three proposals allowing schools greater flexibility in providing school meals during COVID-19 closures. That package passed the House with bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate and comes as many states and cities have already shuttered K-12 buildings and are exploring remote learning possibilities.