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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Make Early Learning More Accessible


June 23, 2016
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Save the Children Action Network

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 5170), bipartisan legislation that would expand effective social interventions, like early learning programs.

Sponsored by Representatives Todd Young (R-IN) and John Delaney (D-MD), this legislation would allow private and philanthropic investors to enter into contracts with the government to fund programs that serve a public good while also saving the government money. The outcomes of these programs are rigorously evaluated to assess if predetermined goals are met. These goals are intended to save state and federal tax dollars by avoiding more costly interventions in the future.

“All children are born ready to learn, yet far too many children in the U.S. currently do not have access to the early learning opportunities needed to prepare them to succeed in school and life,” said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). “This bill is crucial in helping pay for critical early learning programs, like pre-K – something every child deserves.”

A portion of the savings would be used to repay investors with a modest return. If the outcomes are not met, no taxpayer money is spent.