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STATEMENT: First Five Years Fund Executive Director Sarah Rittling on Proposed FY24 Funding Levels for Child Care and Early Learning Programs

July 14, 2023

“Federal funding provides the foundation for child care and early learning programs. Now is the time to bring greater support for working families and children, not reverse course. We urge …

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The First Five Things To Know About: Federal Funding for Early Learning and Child Care

July 10, 2023

Child care is essential to the health and strength of our nation. Today, 26.8 million people in the workforce – or one out of every six – rely on child …


Unprecedented Bipartisan Support for Robust Early Learning and Care Funding

March 31, 2023

As House and Senate appropriations requests come to a close, an unprecedented number of House members from both sides of the aisle have signed onto Dear Colleague letters calling for …

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FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling Testifies Before Key House Committee On Child Care Funding

March 23, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling appeared before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) to testify about …


FFYF, Major Organizations Call for Increased Funding for Child Care Programs in FY24 Appropriations

March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of 44 major early education advocacy organizations wrote to Congressional appropriators calling for increased funding for federal early learning and care …


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 …


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 …


The First Five Things to Know: Child Care in the President’s Budget Proposal

March 8, 2023

Each year, shortly after the State of the Union Address, the President submits a budget blueprint to Congress. The proposal underscores the White House’s priorities, listing their desired funding across …


ABCs of Federal Early Learning and Child Care Funding Streams

January 16, 2023

Every year, millions of children who range in age from birth through five benefit from an array of federal early learning and care programs. While there are different early learning …


FY23 Final Funding Levels for Key Early Learning Programs

January 5, 2023

Congress Set to Approve Critical Funding Increases for Key Federal Early Childhood Education Programs

December 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressional leaders released their final FY2023 omnibus spending package, which includes prioritizing more than $2.8 billion in funding increases for core federal early learning and care programs, …


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 …

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