Blunt, Fitzpatrick commend passage of bipartisan, bicameral early childhood development bill

Ripon Advance News Service

The U.S. Global Child Thrive Act - which reauthorizes programs to provide assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries for FY 2020 through FY 2025 - has been passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress on 8 December 2020, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and now awaits presidential signature to be signed into law, according to this article from the Ripon Advance.

“'Children who experience poverty and hunger in their earliest years face developmental challenges that could shape their entire lives,' said Sen. Blunt, who sponsored [the bill] with cosponsor U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). 'This bill would strengthen our country’s childhood development policies across the world, especially those affecting the most vulnerable children.'”

The act, which was presented to the U.S. president for signature on 11 December 2020, "requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct relevant executive branch agencies to incorporate early childhood development into current programs and promote inclusive early childhood development in partner countries, according to the congressional record bill summary."