NCSL surveyed 21 state legislative fiscal offices in December 2012 on their FY 2013 state appropriations forearly care and education programs.
Overall, state appropriations to early care and educationincreased slightly by $127 million (1.5 percent) compared to FY 2012.
Although the number of statessurveyed limits drawing nationalconclusions, budget actions in thesestates do provide insight into thediversity of approaches that statestake to fund early care and education.Budget actions also show how legislatures most effectively useavailable federal, state, local andprivate resources. The full report and stateappropriation tables are available athttp://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/human-services/state-budget-actions-in-ece.aspx.For statebudget tables, analyses, trends andprofiles from previous years (FY 2008 to FY 2013), email@example.com .
: Appropriations decreased by $60 million (1.1 percent)
in FY 2013. Twelve statesreported increases, seven reported reductions and one maintained its funding level. Considering the deep cutsthat were made in FY 2012
with just two states reporting increases, 15 states reporting decreases and threestates that remained stable
child care funding is on a slow upward path. Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas increased child care funding through state general funds, while Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota,Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington increased appropriations in TANF transfer funds. Thelargest reductions in child care were made in Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
: Appropriations increased by $65.6 million (2.8 percent)
Ten statesreported increases, five reported decreases and three reported no change. Across all states in this category,increases were heaviest in general and school finance appropriations (Colorado, Louisiana and New Mexico), while decreases were more evenly spread across various funding sources.
Increase: 14 States
Decrease: 7 States
Source: NCSL Early Care and Education State Budget Survey, December 2012.