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Underscoring President Biden’s Understanding that Child Care Is Infrastructure, New Proposal Includes Child Care Facilities Funding

March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House released the details of President Biden’s first major infrastructure proposal, which, alongside investments in highways and bridges, water systems and electrical grids, includes $25 …


Two Bipartisan Bills to Address Quality, Affordability of Child Care introduced in Congress

March 30, 2021

Last week, Iowa’s Congressional leaders introduced two bipartisan bills, the ACCESS Act and the Improving Child Care for Working Families Act, to address the quality and affordability of child care. …


Becerra Confirmed as HHS Secretary, Will Oversee Important Early Learning & Care Programs

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – In a bipartisan vote today, the Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Once he is sworn in by Vice …


Child Care is Infrastructure Act Introduced in House

March 17, 2021

In an effort to bolster funding for the child care industry to provide the highest quality care to our nation’s youngest learners, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced the Child Care …


Timeline of COVID-19 Relief for the Child Care Industry and Working Families

March 11, 2021

The COVID-19 economic crisis has had a devastating impact on child care providers, causing widespread layoffs and closures nationwide. Significant declines in enrollment paired with steep increases in operating expenses …


Congress Passes American Rescue Plan with $39 Billion in Child Care Relief

March 10, 2021

UPDATE: On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. WASHINGTON – Moments ago, the House voted to pass the American Rescue Plan after it …


Letter Urges Congress to Strengthen Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit

March 2, 2021

Last week, a group of the nation’s leading child care and child advocacy organizations, including the First Five Years Fund, penned a letter to Congressional leaders urging support for the …


During HHS Confirmation Hearings, Becerra Emphasizes Importance of Federal Early Learning and Care Programs

March 1, 2021

Child care and early learning were in the spotlight during Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra’s recent Senate confirmation hearings. During his opening remarks to the Senate Health, Education, …


House Passes American Rescue Plan With $39 Billion in Child Care Relief

February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – Early this morning, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, a sweeping pandemic relief package with $39 billion in child care relief funding, including …


Bipartisan House Hearing Examines the Pandemic’s Impact on Child Care in America

February 24, 2021

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing to examine the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on the nation’s child …


FFYF Releases Early Learning and Care ‘Blueprint’ for Biden Administration, New Congress

February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF), the nation’s leading federal advocacy organization working to ensure all children have access to high-quality child care and early education, …


Congress Highlights Early Education Apprenticeships in Bipartisan Bills

February 8, 2021

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, including in early learning and care programs that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives passed …

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