Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
January 14, 2011
Special Issue:
Early Childhood Policy Update

Action Needed: Federal Funding for Early Learning Programs at Risk 

It is not too late to join in the national call-in to preserve federal funding for Child Care and Head Start! Take a moment now to call the White House at 1-202-456-1111 and urge the administration to protect, sustain and maintain critical funding for early childhood programs.  


Key messages for your communication:

  • Protect funding for child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start to help us build a smarter, healthier, and stronger America;
  • Sustain the $1 billion funding for Head Start/Early Head Start as well as the $1 billion funding for child care during FY 2011; and, 
  • Maintain these levels into FY 2012.

Federal funding for early childhood programs helps Rhode Island children and families access child care, Head Start and Early Head Start. This funding is at risk as the federal budget process moves ahead.


You can also contact our congressional delegation to encourage their continued strong support for child care, Head Start and funding for early childhood programs:

Senator Jack Reed: 401-943-3100

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: 401-453-5294

Representative David Cicilline: 401-729-5600

Representative Jim Langevin:  401-732-9400


Critical decisions affecting federal child care and Head Start funding are going to be made in Washington, DC in the next few weeks. Call the White House today (202-456-1111) to make your voice heard!   

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