The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the second largest agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS). Being so large comes with a cost; the budget preparation of ACF is challenging, and involves many processes and justifications. In justifying the budget, ACF ensures that they invest in efforts to promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, and communities by giving opportunity ways of a fiscally responsible budget. Prime example would be ACF’s Early Childhood Education. “About$8 billion a year on early childhood development services” (Heckman, 2011).In this program, the budget targets funding by increasing the investment in Head Start and Early Head Start and dedicating additional funds for child care enforcements. The budget also provides funding to expand access to child careassistance for low-income families and additional funds for quality initiative that will train teachers and help communities improve their efforts to inform parents about the quality of care available and to monitor child care programs' compliance with critical health and safety standards.
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