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New 50 State Analysis Shows Impact of Federal Child Care Program 

May 11, 2023

New analysis of all 50 states and the District of Columbia from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) shows that while the nation’s main federal child care program – the Child …


Congress Set to Send Home Visiting Bill Honoring Rep. Walorski to President’s Desk

December 20, 2022

Today, Congress announced that the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 will be included in the final year-end FY2023 omnibus spending package. The bill to …

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FFYF Names Christy Felling as Director of Communications and Marketing

December 5, 2022

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF), the leading bipartisan early learning  advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., announced today that Christy Felling has been named the organization’s Director of Communications and …


U.S. House Passes Key Home Visiting Bill With Resounding Bipartisan Support

December 2, 2022

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 8876, The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the voluntary, evidence-based Maternal, …

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NEW POLLING: Voters, Small Businesses Agree Child Care is an Economic Imperative, Congress Must Act

November 30, 2022

Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) released the findings of two new polls conducted immediately following the 2022 midterm elections by the bipartisan team of Hart Research Associates and New Bridge Strategy. One of …


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 …


Lawmakers Cannot Abandon Working Families and Their Promises to Solve Child Care Crisis

July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON – Women, working families, and America’s youngest learners are set to be cast aside entirely as Senate Democrats move forward with a budget reconciliation framework which has purged all funding …


Senate & House Leaders Join Advocates for Press Conference & Rally for Child Care in Reconciliation

June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, more than a dozen members of the Senate and House were joined by leaders of prominent national organizations, parents, and early educators for a rally on …


Voter Support for Child Care Rivals Drug Pricing, Climate & Energy in Reconciliation

March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — As Congressional Democrats negotiate the contents of a budget reconciliation package, new bipartisan polling shows that likely voters in seven Senate battleground states have a clear, two-pronged message …


Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reauthorize CCDBG

March 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), which provides federal funding to …


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, …


FFYF Statement on Child Care in State of the Union

March 1, 2022

In response to President Biden’s first State of the Union address, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling released the following statement: “The president’s message tonight was clear: …

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