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Highlights from Senate Appropriations hearing on White House FY24 request

November 9, 2023

On Wednesday, November 8, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss President Biden’s FY24 supplemental funding request. As part of the three-hour hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas …


Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Tackles Access to Child Care for Parents Who Work Nontraditional Hours

June 23, 2023

Last month, Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced H.R. 3639, the House companion to S. 976 the After Hours Child Care …


House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Expand Early Educator Apprenticeships

May 4, 2023

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, including in early learning and care programs, the bipartisan Early Educators Apprenticeship Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Todd …


Bipartisan Group of Senators Sign Letter in Support of Timely MIECHV Reauthorization

August 26, 2022

This month, a bipartisan group of Senators from the Senate Finance Committee signed a letter in support of a “robust, timely, five-year reauthorization” of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood …


House Budget Committee Hearing Highlights the Impact of Investing in Early Childhood

July 25, 2022

Last week, the House Budget Committee held a hearing to examine the impact of investing in children during their earliest years and long-term benefits of these investments for families and …


FFYF Co-Hosts Bipartisan Congressional Briefing on MIECHV Reauthorization

June 28, 2022

First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and the National Home Visiting Coalition, in conjunction with the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus, held a briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight the need to …


House Appropriations LHHS Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Teacher Shortages

June 8, 2022

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) recently held a hearing on “Tackling Teacher Shortages.”  Witnesses included: Dr. Lindsey Burke, Director of …


Senate Banking Subcommittee Hearing Highlights the Connection Between Child Care Access and Growing the Economy

April 28, 2022

This week, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy held a hearing to discuss the importance of investing in child care to help grow the economy and slow the rate …


House Ways & Means Subcommittee Holds Bipartisan Hearing to Highlight the Tremendous Impact of MIECHV on Families Ahead of Reauthorization

March 18, 2022

This week the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support held a hearing on improving family outcomes through home visiting. In a demonstration of the broad bipartisan …


Expanded CDCTC Provides Cost Relief to Families This Tax Season

March 9, 2022

As tax season kicks into high gear, there is one critical tax credit that is the only credit exclusively that helps parents offset the high costs of child care expenses, …


House Select Subcommittee on COVID Crisis Holds Hearing on the Impact of COVID on Child Care

March 4, 2022

This week, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis convened a congressional hearing on “COVID Child Care Challenges: Supporting Families and Caregivers.” The hearing included testimony from child care …


Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Increase Funding for IDEA Early Childhood Services

February 9, 2022

Last week, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA),  Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Jared Huffman (D-CA) announced the introduction of legislation to increase funding for two programs within the Individuals with Disabilities Education …

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