H.R.4107: Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act
H.R. 4107 would increase funding for two programs within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), both of which were created to support young children with disabilities.
This bill would appropriate $4.25 billion over the next five years to Part B, Section 619, of the IDEA, which authorizes supplementary grants to states for preschool programs serving children with disabilities ages three through five. The bill would also appropriate $6.14 billion over the next five years to Part C of the IDEA, which authorizes federal funding for early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities ages birth to three years.
H.R. 4107’s additional appropriation would bring funding for these two programs to their highest levels per child in twenty years. Funding for Part B was at its peak in 1992, $1,484 per child, which, adjusted for inflation, has fallen to $529 per child in 2017. Similarly, funding for Part C reached a high point in 1999 with funding at $1,768 per child, which, adjusted for inflation, decreased to just $645 per child in 2017.View Full Overview