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For a child, the first five years last forever.

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Voters care about child care and early learning

At a time when voters don’t agree on much, it is striking to see consistent bipartisan support for increasing federal funding to expand child care programs. Voters want action from policymakers in Congress and the White House.

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State fact sheets

Federal funding provides child care and early learning programs in all 50 states. FFYF’s annual analysis shows the impact on young children, and our economy.

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Contact your lawmakers

Federal programs that provide the foundation for accessible, affordable, and quality child care have broad bipartisan support. Lawmakers need to hear from you to prioritize, protect, and build on these programs for strong families, children, and communities.

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The First Five Questions For: Polling Experts Jay Campbell and Lori Weigel

May 23, 2024

In this month’s FFYF’s First Five Questions series – which brings together interesting leaders, experts, and voices together to talk about child care challenges and solutions – Executive Director Sarah …


New Polling on Child Care and the 2024 Election

May 16, 2024

A new poll conducted on behalf of First Five Years Fund by the bipartisan research team of New Bridge Strategies (R) and Hart Research (D) found that, in this election …


Side-By-Side: Comparing Tax Bills, 2024

May 14, 2024

The federal tax code contains benefits designed to help working families offset the expense of child care. Unfortunately, these provisions have not been updated in decades. Today, they have not …

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