Care Economy Executive Order Summary
On April 18, 2023, President Biden signed an Executive Order that includes more than 50 directives to expand access to affordable, high quality care and provide support for care workers and family caregivers. This includes child care and Head Start, as well as care workers and family caregivers who work with the elderly and disabled. This document is an overview of provisions related to early learning.
The Executive Order (EO) is a first step in bringing about change in policy through administrative action, and as such, there are many details that are yet to be determined. It is important to note that there is no new funding associated with the EO – Congress must appropriate funds through the legislative process. Thus, the impact of some of the goals outlined by the EO are likely to be limited in impact unless Congress adds funding.
The EO is comprehensive and impacts many agencies across the federal government. Many of the provisions in the EO will also require additional actions taken by agencies. This document highlights provisions that are pertinent to the Head Start community. NHSA will continue to seek clarification and additional details.