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Federal Draft--Universal Preschool

Updated: Dec 18, 2021

The details on the Universal Preschool program starts on page 218 and is linked HERE. We will add to this blog as we review the current language.


**Disclaimer: This information is based on how the bill read on 10/29/21. It is incomplete as we realized it was going to change significantly over the coming months. We will update when/if the bill passes into law.


Eligible Providers:

  • A local educational agency

  • A Head start agency or delegate agency under the Head Start Act

  • A licensed program or licensed neighborhood based network


Fiscal Appropriations for States for 2022 (to remain available until 9/30/270:

  • $4,000,000,000 for activities (h)(1)(A)(i) in fiscal year 2022

  • $6,000,000,000 for activities (h)(2)(C) in fiscal year 2023

  • $8,000,000,000 for activities (h)(1)(A)(i) or (h)(2)(C) in fiscal year 2024

  • Additional unappropriated funds as necessary for 2025-2027 for carrying out the ill activities. Funds for Indian Tribes/Tribal organizations and Territories also appropriated.

  • $300,000,000 to eligible local entities serving families engaged in migrant or seasonal agricultural labor.

  • $165,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2022

  • $200,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2023

  • $200,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2024

  • $208,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2025

  • $212,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2026

  • $216,000,000 to support administration, monitoring, technical assistance and research in 2027

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2022

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2023

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2024

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2025

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2026

  • $2,500,000,000 to improve compensation of Head Start staff in 2027

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to localities in 2023

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to localities in 2024

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to localities in 2025

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to localities in 2026

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to localities in 2027

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to Head Start Agencies in 2023

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to Head Start Agencies in 2024

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to Head Start Agencies in 2025

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to Head Start Agencies in 2026

  • $2,00,000,000 to carry out grants to Head Start Agencies in 2027

There can be a transitional state plan that allows for the implementation of UPK services from 2022-2024 to fund high-quality preschool using a formula that considers:

  • The proportion of the number of children below the age of 6 who's family income is at or below 200% of the poverty line for the most recent year. This is compared to the number of such children who reside in ALL states with approved plans receiving allotments.

  • The existing Federal preschool investments in the State under the Head Start Act

From 2025-2027 the Secretary would pay to each state with an approved plan:

  • 2025 - 95.440% of the State's expenditures for pre-school services

  • 2026 - 79.534% of the State's expenditures for pre-school services

  • 2027 - 63.627% of the State's expenditures for pre-school services


***STILL WORKING ON SUMMARIZING THIS ONE!! CHECK BACK LATER!

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