Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development

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Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development
Members, 110th Congress
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Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development

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Background


The Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development is a subcommittee of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), a standing committee of the United States Senate. As a subcommittee of a Senate standing committee, the Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development has legislative authority as well as oversight and housekeeping authority over matters within its jurisdiction. It considers, amends, and reports bills that fall under its jurisdiction, and may block legislation from reaching the Senate floor. It also uses its oversight power to subpoena witnesses and hold hearings. Senate Standing Committees also hold hearings on presidential nominations related to their area of jurisdiction. link

From the website of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Education branch of the HELP Senate Committee:



has jurisdiction over various issues related to education and workforce development, including Head Start, the No Child Left Behind Act, Higher Education, the Arts and Humanities, Student Financial Assistance, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Job and Vocational Training and the Workforce Investment Act.


In addition, from website of the Subcommittee on Education and Early Child Development,



The subcommittee has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues including children, youth, families, and elementary and secondary education.


Contact Information for the Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development

Complete contact information

  Majority (Republicans) Minority (Democrats)
Committee Office: Hart Senate Office Building 625 Hart Senate Office Building 404
Committee Phone: 202-224-6211 202-224-5630
Committee FAX: Unlisted 202-224-7475
Committee Email:help_comments@help.senate.gov (Entire Committee)
Committee WWW Homepage:http://help.senate.gov/Education_sub_index.html (Entire Committee)
Parent Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions



109th Congress

The following is information on the Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development for the 109th Congress.

109th Congress: Committee Members

Republicans: Lamar Alexander (R-TN) [Chairman], Judd Gregg (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike DeWine (R-OH), John Ensign (R-NV), Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Democrats: Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) [Ranking Member], Tom Harkin (D-IA), James M. Jeffords (I-VT), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).

109th Congress: Committee Hearings

Audio, video, and PDF transcripts of hearings can be found at the Senate HELP Committee website

No future hearings scheduled per Senate HELP Committee - Hearings Page



110th Congress

The following is information on the Senate Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development for the 110th Congress.

110th Congress: Committee Members



110th Congress: Committee Hearings



Announcements, Policy Initiatives, and Other News of the 110th Congress

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November 16th, 2006 - Senator Kennedy Announces HELP Committee Priorities for 110th Congress (link)

On November 16th, Senator Kennedy, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced a slew of new policy initiatives for the 110th congress. Included in the announcement were the following initiatives relevant to the Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development:

1) Enacting a higher education reauthorization that makes college affordable. Senator Kennedy’s proposals to help students and families include the STAR Act, Debt Relief Act and the Contract for Educational Opportunity Grants in the Right TRACK Act. Senator Kennedy’s top priorities for reauthorization are increasing student aid, making student loan debt more manageable and making sure our student loan programs work for students, not banks. He also will be looking to expand support for and improve teacher preparation programs.

2) Funding and reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act. Democrats will make education funding a priority so NCLB can fulfill its promise. As Chairman, Senator Kennedy will advance an NCLB reauthorization agenda that seeks to strengthen key reforms, ensure the law’s effectiveness, and promote solutions and strategies for schools to improve. Senator Kennedy’s priorities for reauthorization include ensuring that tests are used to improve instruction, not just labeling schools, and ensuring that students struggling to meet high standards have the best teachers and expanded learning opportunities. He also has a proposal to ensure that parents are given the information that they need to navigate the education system and help their children succeed.

3) Ensuring that our students are competitive in the 21st-Century global economy. Many of Senator Kennedy’s proposals on this theme are in the Right Track Act. They include increasing college student aid, greater support for math and science education, and creating incentives for high quality teachers -- especially in high demand subjects such as math and science -- to teach in high poverty schools, as well as assistance to states to raise standards and ensure that schools are internationally competitive.

4) Reauthorizing the Head Start federal preschool program and enacting Senator Kennedy’s Early Care and Education Act (ECEA), so that all children can have access to high quality early childhood programs. ECEA would provide support to states to create a more cohesive system of early childhood education programs and improve standards for programs and educators in the early childhood arena.

5) Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and provide additional funding for job training programs so workers can obtain the skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy.

6) Fully funding IDEA.


The complete announcement is available (pdf) through the Senate HELP Committee website.

External links

Official Senate Subcommittee Committee website
Official Senate Committee on Education and Early Childhood Development website
Audio, video, and PDF transcripts of hearings can be found at the Senate HELP Committee website
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Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittees:

Bioterrorism & Public Health PreparednessEducation & Early Childhood DevelopmentEmployment & Workplace SafetyRetirement Security & Aging

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