Month: June 2014

Implications of the Cantor Loss for Early Ed Action -

It’s still sending shock waves through Washington: two weeks ago, Virginia Representative Eric Cantor became the first House Majority Leader in more than a century to lose a primary election. While several factors contributed to his loss, the takeaway by Republicans and Democrats alike is this: Members of Congress had better spend a lot more time listening to constituents and being seen in their districts between now and the … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on Senate FY 15 Appropriations for Early Learning -

Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry on Senate FY 15 Appropriations for early learning: FFYF applauds the work done by the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies during today’s markup of the fiscal year 2015 Appropriations Bill. A funding increase of more than $348 million for early learning, including $145 million for Head Start, $100 million for the … Read More

Capitol Hill Child Care Briefing Highlights Need for CCDBG Reauthorization; Quality Improvement and Economic Impact Key Themes -

More than one hundred Hill staff and advocates packed the Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room this morning to discuss the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Moderated by incoming National Policy Director of the First Five Years Fund Sarah Rittling, the briefing featured experts including Karen Lynch with the Congressional Research Service, Mary Anne Snyder with the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Mary Graham, Executive Director of Children’s … Read More