U.S. Representative Ron Estes (R-KS) introduced legislation that would help U.S. families and communities overcome challenges associated with funding early childhood care and education that have resulted in overlaps, gaps in unnecessary services and expenses.
âRaising children can be one of the most rewarding and difficult times in a person’s life and making sure children have a good start is an essential first step in helping them grow and develop. “said Representative Estes. âStreamlining programs and the effective use of federal funds for early childhood education benefit both parents and taxpayers, ensuring improved access and choice for high quality services. “
Representative Estes co-sponsored America’s Early Childhood Care and Education Funding Modernization Act of 2021, HR 3943, on June 16, with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Representative Burgess Owens (R- UT) to establish a bipartisan commission that would make recommendations to Congress on streamlining and reducing duplication in funding for early care and education programs, according to a summary of the bill provided by Representative Estes’ office.
The committee would be made up of 12 members appointed respectively by the majority and minority leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House, the House minority leader, and the chairman and rank and file of the finance committee. of the United States Senate and the United States House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the chairman and non-commissioned members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education and Labor and the Committee on Education and US House work, the summary says.
“We have a responsibility to set high standards for quality early childhood education and care in America, with a focus on accelerating academic growth and supporting families,” said the representative. Owens. “The recommendations of this commission will be invaluable as we embrace affordable learning options, expanded parent choice and a sustainable funding stream.”