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ACF, Labor, and Education Joint Webinar Highlights the Role of ECE Apprenticeships in Addressing Workforce Shortages

June 1, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) co-hosted …


Final Rule for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Includes Early Learning and Care Among Other Purposes

May 4, 2022

Last week, the Department of Treasury published a final rule for the use of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). …


ECE Apprenticeship Grants Are an Important Piece of Supporting Child Care Workforce

April 20, 2022

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently highlighted a grant opportunity in support of early care and education (ECE) apprenticeships. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Apprenticeship Building America …


HHS Secretary Becerra Marks ARP Anniversary in Conversation with Child Care Providers

March 15, 2022

On Friday, one year after the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra convened a conversation with child care providers to celebrate the impact of …


ACF Letter Urges States to Invest in the Early Learning Workforce as part of Economic Recovery Effort

October 19, 2021

Last week, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) shared a Dear Colleague letter to Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) lead agencies, Head Start programs, and Preschool Development …

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House Education and Labor Committee Markup of Build Back Better Act Provisions Spotlights the Role of Child Care and Preschool in Rebuilding the American Economy

September 14, 2021

Last week, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a markup on its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which includes significant investments to make high-quality child care …


Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlights the Vital Role of Child Care in Our Post-Pandemic Economy

June 25, 2021

This week, the Senate Banking Committee held what Chairwoman Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) noted was likely the first hearing on child care in the history of the Banking Committee. The Economic …


On Capitol Hill, Secretaries Cardona & Becerra Emphasize the Long-Term Value of Early Learning Investments

June 17, 2021

This week, members of Congress on capitol hill elevated the importance of investments in high-quality early learning and care in two hearings featuring Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Health and …


Letter Urges Support for ECE Apprenticeships as Senate HELP Committee Considers Workforce Development

April 8, 2021

This week, FFYF submitted comments encouraging the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to include Early Childhood Education (ECE) registered apprenticeships in any update to the National Apprenticeship …


FFYF Hosts Congressional Briefing on Federal ECE Programs Ahead of FY22 Appropriations

March 25, 2021

On Tuesday, the First Five Years Fund hosted a virtual briefing on federal funding for early learning and care programs, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, …


New White Paper Identifies Strategies to Expand the Early Learning Talent Pool

March 17, 2021

In January, Bellwether Education Partners, the National Head Start Association, and the HeadStarter Network released its new white paper, Broader, Deeper, Fairer: Five Strategies to Radically Expand the Talent Pool …


Small Business Administration Changes Allow Family Child Care Providers to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

March 8, 2021

Through tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, family- and center-based child care providers can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during an exclusive application period. This dedicated application period for …

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