President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for making "high-quality preschool available toevery child in America" and laid out a plan to invest in young children and support low-income working families. This plan proposed a joint federal-state partnership to provide high-quality public preschool for all four-year-old children from low-income families (which include poor families), as well as an increase in investments in Head Start programs and an expansion of early care and education programs for infants and toddlers. The President's budget includes increased funding in fiscal year 2014 to expand and improve infant and toddler care and to increase child care subsidies to help low-income families pay for child care.In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently proposed new regulations to ensure children's health and safety and improve the quality of child care among child care providers who accept child care subsidies for low-income families through Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) funds.
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