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The First Five Things to Know About: The PACE Act

July 24, 2024

Millions of working families with young children need quality child care, but the eye-watering cost of care today means many can’t afford it. And without it, many parents are forced …


2024 Child Care and Early Learning State Fact Sheets

July 16, 2024

FFYF’s 2024 State Fact Sheets from 50 states and Washington, D.C. show how federal investments in child care impact working parents, children, and the economy. Federal funding and programs benefit …


Essential Excerpts: Child Care Quotes From The Hill

July 12, 2024

As we monitored hearings on Capitol Hill this week, it was striking to see how many of them featured the issue of child care. From the House Appropriations Committee to …


Bipartisan Agreement on the Importance of Child Care Access and Affordability in Senate Finance Hearing

July 11, 2024

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing this week to discuss ways to leverage Congressional investments in early learning and child care to better support working families and child care …


National Child Care Analysis Finds Troubling Trends Continued in 2023

July 2, 2024

Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA) recently published Child Care at a Standstill: Price and Landscape Analysis, an annual report assessing the national, state, and regional trends in child care. …


New Report Finds Inequities in Early Child Care and Education Access Among Black Children and Families

June 18, 2024

Quality child care and early education enhances children’s growth, learning, and development while simultaneously supporting working families. However, the rising cost of child care forces many families to depend on …


2024 CCDBG State Fact Sheets

May 29, 2024

First Five Years Fund released a new collection of fact sheets from all 50 states detailing how the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) helps families and kids in …


New ACF Guidance on CCDF Waivers

May 6, 2024

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently released guidance on the 2024 CCDF Final Rule Transitional Waivers. In March 2024, ACF finalized a new rule that will strengthen key …


Child Care This National Small Business Week 

May 1, 2024

This Small Business Week, there’s one surprising issue that’s keeping small business owners from thriving: child care challenges. A number of recent polls from employers and employees have found that …


CCDBG: Overview

April 23, 2024

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act provides federal funding to states for child care subsidies for low-income families with children under age 13.


FFYF Statement on POTUS Care Economy Event

April 9, 2024

Today, President Biden joined care workers to discuss his administration’s focus on expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care and other care priorities. FFYF’s Executive Director Sarah Rittling released the …


The Biden Administration Gives Added Flexibility to Serve More Children in Head Start

April 8, 2024

On March 23, 2024, President Biden signed into law two changes that give Head Start programs additional flexibility to enroll children in Tribal communities and children of farmworkers.  Tribal Head …

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