S.1697/H.R. 3461 – Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Purpose: Establishes a Federal-State partnership to provide access to high-quality public prekindergarten programs for all children from low-income and moderate-income families to ensure that they enter kindergarten prepared for success

Sponsor: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA)

Summary: Allots matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs), childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families.

Status: Senate-11/13/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

House- 01/22/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

AFSA position: AFSA endorsed the bill