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First Five Questions For Reps. Tenney and Schneider

April 11, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) hosted Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Congressman Brad Schneider (D-Il) as part of our First Five Question Series – a monthly …


A Selection of State Accomplishments During the First 3 Years of PDG B-5

March 29, 2024

Last week, the Administration for Children & Families at HHS released a report to Congress highlighting grant activity for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program, Highlighting …


FY2025: Community Letter to Appropriators Calls For Robust Funding for Child Care and Early Learning

March 28, 2024

WASHINGTON – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of 36 major early education advocacy organizations have a new letter to Congressional appropriators calling for increased funding for …


Study Finds Quality Child Care Supports Long-Term STEM Outcomes

March 28, 2024

It’s no secret that a child’s early years influence the rest of their lives. Research has shown time and time again the long-term benefits that high-quality early care and education …


The First Five Questions for Hollis Wells Silverman

March 27, 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 …


2024 Hill Briefing: ABCs of Federal Child Care and Early Learning

March 25, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) hosted Congressional staff for its annual bipartisan “ABCs of Federal Child Care and Early Learning” briefing. The session focused on the …


FY2024 Funding Bill Includes $1 Billion Increase for Federal Early Learning and Child Care Programs

March 21, 2024

The newly announced spending package for FY24 contains $1 billion in increased funding for programs that provide the foundation for child care and early learning. The following is a statement …


New BPC Report Outlines State Steps to a Competent, Stable Early Care and Education Workforce

March 19, 2024

When it comes to improving access to high-quality early care and education (ECE), strengthening the workforce must be a top priority. Teachers are instrumental to program quality— we know that …


Summary of Recent Rule to Improve Child Care Access, Affordability, and Stability in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

March 14, 2024

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently finalized a new rule that will strengthen key policies in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) – the program that includes …

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Funding for Key Early Learning Programs, FY2025

March 13, 2024

Each year, Congress determines funding levels for all of the federal defense and non-defense discretionary programs, including those that support the care and education of children from birth through age …


New Employer Child Care Survey from

March 13, 2024

A new survey from finds that child care benefits have become a top priority for employees and employers alike. As Axios sums up, “Child care outranked mental health support, …

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2024: The State of Our Union Is Dependent On Child Care

March 8, 2024

WASHINGTON – In response to President Biden’s March 7, 2024 State of the Union address, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling released the following statement:  “Child care …

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