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New Report shows Skyrocketing Cost of Child Care

November 14, 2023

A new report from Bank of America has found that parents’ average child care payments are up a whopping 32% from 2019 – higher than the rate of inflation. First …


STATEMENT: FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling on Senate Markup of FY24 Funding Levels for Child Care and Early Learning Programs

July 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a bipartisan mark up on proposed funding levels for child care and early …


STATEMENT: First Five Years Fund Executive Director Sarah Rittling on Proposed FY24 Funding Levels for Child Care and Early Learning Programs

July 14, 2023

“Federal funding provides the foundation for child care and early learning programs. Now is the time to bring greater support for working families and children, not reverse course. We urge …


FFYF Hosts Congressional Reception With PBS, Sesame Street, Members of Congress

May 24, 2023

Last night, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), Sesame Workshop, and PBS KIDS hosted a congressional reception in conjunction with the Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus and its Co-Chairs Reps. …


New 50 State Analysis Shows Impact of Federal Child Care Program 

May 11, 2023

New analysis of all 50 states and the District of Columbia from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) shows that while the nation’s main federal child care program – the Child …


FFYF Statement on President Biden’s Child Care Executive Orders

April 18, 2023

In response to the news that President Biden will release a series of executive orders today on child care and early learning, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah …


Stanford Study: One in Four Child Care Workers Reports Difficulty Affording Housing

April 4, 2023

With many of our nation’s early educators trying to survive on poverty-level salaries, a new Stanford study has found that one out of every four child care workers experiences difficulties …


Unprecedented Bipartisan Support for Robust Early Learning and Care Funding

March 31, 2023

As House and Senate appropriations requests come to a close, an unprecedented number of House members from both sides of the aisle have signed onto Dear Colleague letters calling for …


FFYF Hosts Congressional Appropriations Briefing Highlighting Importance of Child Care Funding

March 16, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) hosted Congressional staff for a bipartisan briefing on the importance of federal early learning and child care programs and the need …


One Big Thing: Equal Pay and Child Care

March 14, 2023

A new report by Wells Fargo has found that a majority of women in the United States — a record 52 percent — were unmarried in 2021.  The study pointed …


FFYF Statement on Child Care, Early Learning in the President’s Budget

March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House will release details of President Biden’s FY2024 budget request to Congress, which includes robust discretionary funding for many of the federal early learning programs that support the …


Analysis: Majority of Governors Highlight Child Care As Key to Workforce Growth

February 13, 2023

Analysis of 2023 State of the State addresses given by Governors across the country found one issue in particular cut across state and party lines: the importance of fixing child …

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