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Child Care and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

May 2, 2018

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of …


Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: How States Are Using the Law

March 7, 2018

STATES ARE PRIORITIZING EARLY LEARNING The latest addition to FFYF’s ESSA toolkit of resources, Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: Implementation Snapshot provides an early look at where states are leveraging ESSA …


Video: This is Jo

March 16, 2017

Meet Jo. Jo is a four-year-old who is pushing her limits every day by challenging her senses and learning more about the world around her through high-quality early childhood education.


Head Start Program Performance Standards: Quality Component Overview

October 28, 2016

For over fifty years, families across America have relied on Head Start programs to provide children the skills they need to be ready for school and families the assistance they …


What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look Like for States and Districts

May 23, 2016

FFYF has developed this resource to serve as a helpful tool for states writing innovative ESSA early learning plans.  In late 2015, Congress approved and President Obama signed the bipartisan …


FFYF Comments to CCDBG Regulations

February 22, 2016

Analysis: Early Learning Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

February 4, 2016

In December 2015, Congress approved, and President Obama signed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, P.L. 114-95) to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This latest update …


Comparing the Three Iterations of the Nation’s Biggest Education Law – ESSA

February 4, 2016

These tables map the major early learning provisions included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, S.1177, P.L. 114-95) and compares them to the No Child Left Behind Act, and …


FFYF Child Nutrition Act 2015 Letter

September 8, 2015

FFYF Comments on Proposed SIG Changes

October 8, 2014

FFYF Testifies in Favor of Statewide Competition at ED ELC Forum

February 16, 2011

Earlier today, FFYF participated in a public forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Education about the structure of the Early Learning Challenge in FY12. FFYF firmly believes that the …

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