HIPPY USA Applauds Congress for Approved Federal Spending Bill

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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 30, 2018) – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher, applauded Congress and the president for a federal spending bill that will enhance needed educational programs for tens of thousands of children and their parents across the nation.

Last week, Congress enacted and President Trump signed the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2018. The act provides essential funding for many education, literacy and home visiting programs.

Key education program appropriations include:

  • Statewide Family Engagement Centers ($10 million). This program, a successor to the Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRCs), was funded for the first time; grants will be administered this year through the Department of Education.
  • Title I Education Grants to Local Education Agencies ($4.9 billion, an increase of $300 million). Title III Education Grants for English Language Learners were level-funded at $737 million.
  • LEARN Literacy Grants ($190 million). These literacy grants to states require a minimum percentage be spent on early literacy programs.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service, which includes AmeriCorps ($768 million, an increase of $32 million).

“We appreciate our leaders in Congress and our parents and educators across the country who recognize the important need for early education for our children,” said HIPPY USA Executive Director Staci Croom-Raley. “Working hand-in-hand with parents, HIPPY is helping prepare children for success in schools. A continued commitment by our government officials will help make the difference for future generations.”

Earlier this year, Congress approved funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for an additional five years. This program also significantly supports HIPPY USA and home visiting programs across the country.

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