The combined cut percentage to young children ages birth through five exceeds those borne by both the K-12 and higher education systems. The Senate budget does the following:
- Early childhood education programs cut by 25 percent.
- More at Four—the state’s preschool program for at-risk children, recognized as the best in the nation—eliminated.
- Significant cuts to Smart Start funding for ensuring child care programs are of high quality, for helping young children be prepared for school, for improving child health, and for providing family support.
- Federal stimulus funds designed to support the needs of working parents for children from birth to twelve used only four year olds.