The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the country’s new guidelines will ensure that everyone gets a fair shot at the American Dream.
In a blog post, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the policy will ensure Americans have access to a fair, affordable and quality education and training, and that families are better able to manage their time and make decisions about how they spend their money.
Under the new guidelines, the federal government will give more money to states that offer free preschool, more money for low-income families to buy their own homes and a special tax credit to help them buy homes in their own communities.
Vilsacks’ post was the latest in a series on the policy.
The new guidelines are expected to raise more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
But some conservatives are still concerned about the policy’s effect on education.
A group of states led by Virginia, home to the nation’s capital, has proposed legislation that would end federal funding for the federal-state partnership for the Head Start program, which provides early childhood education to nearly 6 million children.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said the new guidance is bad news for public schools because the state already offers more than enough preschool.
The state has already been hit hard by the economic downturn.
Its unemployment rate has nearly doubled since the Great Recession began.
It has also seen a drop in the number of children enrolled in Head Start, which was supposed to begin in 2019.
The policy was announced in June.
The USDA will not announce its final policy until October.