Start Strong welcomes the opportunity to make a Pre-Budget Submission to the Government in relation to Budget 2015. Start Strong is a coalition of organisations and individuals seeking to advance high quality early care and education for young children in Ireland. Our advocacy is built on evidence of the benefits this brings for children, for society, and for the economy.
As we face yet another austerity Budget, the cost of early care and education is a large burden on many families, especially families with low incomes. For Budget 2015 we propose a series of measures to help public funding achieve a “double dividend”: making services more affordable and higher quality.