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Biden Executive Order to Support the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Early Childhood Education Providers

February 19, 2021

In January, President Biden issued an executive order (E.O.) to support the safe reopening and continued operation of schools, child care providers, Head Start programs, and institutions of higher education. …


Looking Back at Early Learning Legislation Introduced in the 116th Congress

February 11, 2021

According to FFYF’s years of national bipartisan polling, voters of every political persuasion say more should be done to ensure all children – particularly those living in poverty – have …

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Title I Funding Can Play a Critical Role in Supporting Early Learning

February 4, 2021

During his campaign, President Biden announced he would triple Title I funding, which, in addition to his broader proposal to expand access to high-quality child care and early childhood education …


FFYF Joins Letter to President-Elect Biden Urging Ongoing Support for Early Learning and Care

January 6, 2021

Recently, FFYF joined a letter calling for the Biden Administration to continue to support improved access to affordable, high-quality child care, including those priorities outlined in the campaign’s 21st Century …


Bipartisan Jumpstart for Head Start Act Introduced

January 5, 2021

In December, Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) announced the introduction of the Jumpstart for Head Start Act, which would provide $1.7 billion in COVID-19 relief funds …


OPRE Report Looks at How to Conceptualize and Measure Access to Care

December 9, 2020

In a new report, the Office of Research, Planning, and Evaluation (OPRE), in collaboration with Child Trends, examines how the early learning field has attempted to measure access to child …


New America Shares Strategies to Support Early Educator Degree Attainment

October 27, 2020

Earlier this month, New America published a report summarizing the work of its Supporting Early Educator Degree Attainment Working Group. The Working Group was convened last fall with support from …


Early Head Start – A Vital Component of the Continuum of High-Quality Care

October 22, 2020

As we continue our celebration of Head Start Awareness Month, this week we turn our focus to Early Head Start, which provides intensive, comprehensive child development and family support services …


Understanding the Importance and Connection Between Early Learning & Care Appropriations Funding and Emergency Stabilization Funding

October 1, 2020

Child care is not a luxury for America’s working families — it’s a necessity. Yet too many families struggle to find and afford quality early learning and care opportunities for …


Does Quality Early Childhood Education Lead to More Successful Lives as Adults?

September 30, 2020

The National Academy of Sciences Says “Yes”! The Science Behind It, a project of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), has added a new page to their collection of questions …


Alliance for Early Success Shares Roadmap to a Stronger Child Care System

September 29, 2020

The Alliance for Early Success recently released the Build Stronger Child Care Policy Roadmap, a comprehensive strategy to rebuild the nation’s child care system developed in collaboration with state and …


House Committee Holds Markup on Apprenticeship Bill that Would Incentivize Early Educator Apprenticeships

September 28, 2020

Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee held a markup on H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which would provide new funding for apprenticeship programs, including grants …

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