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FY2022 Appropriations Omnibus Includes Increases for Existing Early Learning & Care Programs

March 9, 2022

Congressional leaders have unveiled a bipartisan FY2022 omnibus government spending package, which includes an increase in critical funding for the core federal early learning and care programs. Each year, millions …


Senate FY2022 Appropriations Proposal Includes Increases to Existing Federal Early Learning Programs

October 18, 2021

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its proposed FY2022 funding bills, a 12-bill package to fund the federal government beyond December 3, 2021 when government funding under the most recent …


FAQ on Preschool and the Expansion Proposal in the Build Back Better Act

October 12, 2021

The Build Back Better Act (BBB) proposes a federal partnership with states to offer high-quality, free, inclusive, and mixed-delivery preschool services to all three- and four-year old children on a …


House Approves Important Annual Funding Increases for Federal Early Learning and Care Programs

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — This week, the House of Representatives passed a FY2022 funding package, which includes important funding increases for core federal early learning programs, including the Child Care and Development …


On Capitol Hill, Secretaries Cardona & Becerra Emphasize the Long-Term Value of Early Learning Investments

June 17, 2021

This week, members of Congress on capitol hill elevated the importance of investments in high-quality early learning and care in two hearings featuring Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Health and …


White House’s FY2022 Budget Details President Biden’s Plans for Strengthening America’s Child Care & Early Learning System

May 29, 2021

The White House released President Joe Biden’s full FY2022 budget proposal, which includes important funding increases for the federal early learning and care programs and provides further details on the …


Advocates Call for Increased FY2022 Appropriations for Early Learning and Care Programs

March 31, 2021

This week, FFYF and other national early care and education advocacy organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to provide increased funding for federal early learning and care programs, including the Child …


FFYF Hosts Congressional Briefing on Federal ECE Programs Ahead of FY22 Appropriations

March 25, 2021

On Tuesday, the First Five Years Fund hosted a virtual briefing on federal funding for early learning and care programs, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, …


Becerra Confirmed as HHS Secretary, Will Oversee Important Early Learning & Care Programs

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – In a bipartisan vote today, the Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Once he is sworn in by Vice …


ABCs of Federal Early Learning and Care Funding Streams

February 19, 2021

Every year, millions of low-income children from birth through age five benefit from the array of federal early learning and care programs. Each is governed by specific legislative and regulatory …


FFYF’s Blueprint for Progress

February 8, 2021

Across the political spectrum, voters and policymakers recognize the importance of investing in policy solutions that support healthy development in children, beginning at birth, while allowing working parents to pursue …


Biden Nominates Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary

December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Miguel Cardona as his nominee to be the next Secretary of Education. Once confirmed, Cardona will lead the Department of Education, …

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