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Ahead of End-Of-Year Deal, Bipartisan Lawmakers & Members-Elect Agree Congress Must Work to Double Funding for CCDBG

December 5, 2022

As negotiations for the FY2023 spending bill continue, House and Senate members from across the aisle, members-elect for the 118th Congress, and leading national organizations agree that Congressional Appropriators must …


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 …


FFYF’s 2022 Child Care & Early Learning State Fact Sheets

August 2, 2022

Our analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that the existing patchwork of federal and state early learning and care programs only reaches a fraction of income-eligible families. Federal …


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 …


House Appropriations Committee Approves Bill With Proposed FY2023 Funding Levels for ECE Programs

June 30, 2022

Today, the House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the FY2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill, which provides funding for many of the core federal …


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 …


Lawmakers on Both Sides of the Aisle Call for Robust Early Learning & Care Funding

May 31, 2022

The appropriations process is an important time for legislators to determine their priorities for the next fiscal year. Congress uses this process to allocate funding for federal programs, activities and …


Advocates Call for Increased Funding for Early Learning and Care Programs in FY2023 Appropriations

April 26, 2022

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of national early education advocacy organizations have written to Congressional appropriators with a request for increased funding for the existing federal …

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FFYF Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing Highlighting Importance of Federal ECE Funding

April 22, 2022

On Thursday, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), together with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Child Care Aware of …


FAQ: MIECHV Reauthorization

April 7, 2022

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program was reauthorized in 2018 at a funding level of $400 million a year through FY2022 and will expire September 30, …


Senate Hearing Reinforces Reconciliation Is Essential to Funding Needed for Solving Child Care Crisis

March 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the state of America’s child care crisis, with testimony from policy experts, practitioners, …


Congress Passes FY2022 Omnibus Funding Bill

March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last night, the Senate approved an omnibus spending package that included bipartisan funding increases for some of the nation’s vital early learning and care programs. The …

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