By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, April 27, 2021
In the wake of the pandemic, which has cast the essential nature of child care into high relief, President Joe Biden has revealed the outlines of a strategy to rebuild the country’s early education and care infrastructure.
Key aspects of the estimated $1 trillion American Families Plan, which Biden plans to roll out in a speech to Congress on Wednesday, remain in flux. Still, the package is widely expected to include key early childhood initiatives, including a universal pre-kindergarten, or pre-K, program, increased child care subsidies and an extension of the increased child care tax credit. There is also $25 billion earmarked for building and upgrading child care facilities in the earlier $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan.
It’s all part of Biden’s sweeping “Build Back Better” agenda, an overhaul of the economy that broadly defines infrastructure as everything from roads and bridges to education and child care.