Year-End COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $10 Billion for Child Care

Congress has passed a $900 billion end-of-the-year relief bill that includes $10 billion in funding to stabilize the child care industry. In addition, the measure includes $250 million for Head Start programs.

The measure passed as a part of a package that included a federal spending bill to fund the government through the remainder of FY2021. Many of the nation’s early learning and care programs received funding increases in this bill, building on increased bipartisan support for early childhood education on Capital Hill. The bill was signed into law by the President on December 27, 2020.

FY2021 Early Learning and Care Funding Levels

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
    • $5.911 billion, an increase of $85 million over FY2020
  • Head Start and Early Head Start
    • $10.748 billion, an increase of $135 million over FY2020
  • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5)
    • $275 million, level with FY2020
  • IDEA Part B Preschool Grants
    • $397.6 million, an increase of $3.5 million over FY2020
  • IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families
    • $481.85 million, an increase of $4.85 million over FY2020
  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS)
    • $55 million, an increase of $2 million

The chart below, created by First Five Years Fund, shows funding levels for key early childhood programs.

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