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House Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize CCDBG

December 2, 2022

Last night, Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Burgess Owens (R-UT) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), a federal program that supports states’ ability …

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NEW POLLING: Voters, Small Businesses Agree Child Care is an Economic Imperative, Congress Must Act

November 30, 2022

Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) released the findings of two new polls conducted immediately following the 2022 midterm elections by the bipartisan team of Hart Research Associates and New Bridge Strategy. One of …


WH Report Confirms Federal Relief Funding Supported over 200,000 Providers in the Child Care Sector

October 27, 2022

Now Congress Must Come Together and Provide Long Term Solutions Before a Devastating Cliff  The White House has released a new report detailing how dedicated federal relief funding for child …


Data Finds Child Care Prices Continue to Rise Ahead of Midterm Elections, Outpacing Inflation

October 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – The average annual price of child care in America has increased nearly 220% over the past three decades — considerably faster than other essential family expenses — with …


On Its Anniversary, Critical Child Care Tax Provision Needs Updating

October 4, 2022

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) is the only provision of the tax code specifically created to help parents offset work-related child care expenses. The CDCTC was created …


Key House Committee Unanimously Approves Bill to Reauthorize MIECHV

October 4, 2022

In late September, the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the voluntary, …


Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Keeping Early Learning & Care Programs Funded into December

September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Congress passed a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded until December 16, 2022, including a temporary extension of critical funding for the core …


The Crisis Every Member of Congress Has Waiting For Them at Home

September 26, 2022

As Congress gears up for the final weeks of September before heading home to campaign in their districts, one thing remains clear in every state – red, blue, or purple …


Congressional Briefing Highlights New Research on Early Head Start’s Impacts

September 23, 2022

On Wednesday, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the bipartisan Congressional Pre-K & Child Care Caucus hosted a briefing entitled “The Child and Family Impacts of Early Head Start …


FFYF Statement on Bipartisan Introduction of The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022

September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), alongside Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Cathy …


FFYF Statement on Exclusion of Child Care Funding from Inflation Reduction Act

August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling issued the following statement upon Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022:  “With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, America is still …


50-State Analysis Shows Impact of Insufficient Child Care Funding

August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON –  As Senate Democrats advance a reconciliation package that has been stripped of any funding for child care, new analysis of all 50 states from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) shows …

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