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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 …

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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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The First Five Things to Know About: The PACE Act

February 15, 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 …

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IN CONTEXT: Child Care Costs Surpass Other Major Family Expenses

January 23, 2024

We’ve all heard that families with young children in the United States today are struggling to afford child care. Now we know just how tough it really is. According to …

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New Report shows Skyrocketing Cost of Child Care

November 14, 2023

A new report from Bank of America has found that parents’ average child care payments are up a whopping 32% from 2019 – higher than the rate of inflation. First …

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Bipartisan Child Care Town Hall with Representatives Bonamici and Hinson

October 26, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) hosted Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) for a town hall to discuss the importance of child care in their …

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Deep Dive Into Dual Language Learners

October 13, 2023

As FFYF commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, we take a moment to reflect on the remarkable contributions of Latinx communities across the United States.  In recognizing and celebrating our nation’s Latinx …

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ZERO TO THREE Releases State of Babies 2023 Yearbook

October 3, 2023

ZERO TO THREE recently released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2023, an in-depth report on how state and federal policies have impacted the lives of families and their young babies. …

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FFYF’S 2023 State Fact Sheets

July 31, 2023

Our new analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that child care and early learning programs have tremendous impacts on young children, their families, and the economy at …

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New Proposed Rule Supporting Child Care Access, Affordability, and Stability

July 28, 2023

On July 13, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would strengthen the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, which …

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What Can Advocates Learn From How New Mexico and Alabama Are Transforming Their Child Care Systems?

July 26, 2023

What states have been successful in transforming their early care and education (ECE) landscape and expanding high-quality child care options for young children? How are they doing it? And how …

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Report Highlights Precarious State Progress on Child Care Assistance Policies

June 12, 2023

Last week, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a report, “Precarious Progress: State Child Care Assistance Policies”, which examines the gaps and progress within state child care assistance policies …

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