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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 …


FFYF Statement on Child Care in State of the Union

February 7, 2023

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


The State of Child Care Ahead of SOTU

February 6, 2023

As President Biden prepares to deliver his second State of the Union, and first to a divided Congress, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) has put together a state-of-play on a …


Child Care Crisis Costing U.S. $122 Billion, New Report Finds

February 2, 2023

To support a strong workforce and a robust economy, Congress and President Biden must support child care policy. Ahead of State of the Union, a new report by ReadyNation has found that …


BLS Report Finds Price of Child Care “Untenable for All Families” 

January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON – A new report by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Women’s Bureau had a striking conclusion: The cost of child care is untenable for families across …


Bipartisan Path Forward For Year-End Package Lies in Early Learning & Child Care

December 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Last night, top congressional appropriators announced that they struck a deal on a funding  framework for the year-end FY2023 omnibus spending package. The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) joins …


Ahead of End-Of-Year Deal, Bipartisan Lawmakers & Members-Elect Agree Congress Must Work to Double Funding for CCDBG

December 5, 2022

As negotiations for the FY2023 spending bill continue, House and Senate members from across the aisle, members-elect for the 118th Congress, and leading national organizations agree that Congressional Appropriators must …

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FFYF Names Christy Felling as Director of Communications and Marketing

December 5, 2022

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF), the leading bipartisan early learning  advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., announced today that Christy Felling has been named the organization’s Director of Communications and …


U.S. House Passes Key Home Visiting Bill With Resounding Bipartisan Support

December 2, 2022

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8876, The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the voluntary, evidence-based Maternal, …

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