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The recession dealt a blow to early childhood education


January 21, 2014
AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Bryce Covert
Think Progress (Blog)

While spending on early childhood education got a federal boost with stimulus funds, those have run out and funding has seen big drops since the recession, according to a new report from the New America Foundation. Funding saw a high of nearly $33 billion from the 2009 stimulus bill, which injected states with an extra $11.2 billion for programs serving kids from age zero to third grade. But that figure fell to a low of $21.5 billion last year….Special education also fared poorly: while it saw a one-time doubling of funding through the stimulus, it stayed flat and then fell last year thanks to sequestration.