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Video: What is CCDBG?

May 9, 2023

Child care is a necessity for low-income and working parents, yet the cost of quality care often places it out of reach for families. Recognizing that quality child care can …


How CCDBG Benefits Families in Your State

May 9, 2023

The Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to low-income working families with children under age 13. The majority …


Child Care Provider Reimbursement Rates Explained

May 8, 2023

Providing quality, affordable, and accessible child care is expensive. Well-qualified early childhood educators are essential to providing high-quality early learning and care opportunities for children from birth through age five. …


Biden Doubles Down on Child Care Priorities Through Executive Order

April 24, 2023

Last week, President Biden took an important step in strengthening his commitment to fix our nation’s child care system. Through executive order (EO), Biden is directing nearly every Cabinet- level …


GAO Report: Federal Child Care Subsidies Reach Fraction of Eligible Kids

April 6, 2023

Last week, GAO published a new report on the state of federal child care subsidies. Using FY 2019 data as well as recently conducted interviews with state administrators and child …


Unprecedented Bipartisan Support for Robust Early Learning and Care Funding

March 31, 2023

As House and Senate appropriations requests come to a close, an unprecedented number of House members from both sides of the aisle have signed onto Dear Colleague letters calling for …

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FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling Testifies Before Key House Committee On Child Care Funding

March 23, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling appeared before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) to testify about …


FFYF, Major Organizations Call for Increased Funding for Child Care Programs in FY24 Appropriations

March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of 44 major early education advocacy organizations wrote to Congressional appropriators calling for increased funding for federal early learning and care …


FFYF Statement on Child Care, Early Learning in the President’s Budget

March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House will release details of President Biden’s FY2024 budget request to Congress, which includes robust discretionary funding for many of the federal early learning programs that support the …


The First Five Things to Know: Child Care in the President’s Budget Proposal

March 8, 2023

Each year, shortly after the State of the Union Address, the President submits a budget blueprint to Congress. The proposal underscores the White House’s priorities, listing their desired funding across …


New Funding Opportunity Encourages ECE & Child Welfare Collaboration

February 13, 2023

In January, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Children’s Bureau announced a grant opportunity to promote better coordination between early childhood education (ECE) programs and child welfare …


The State of Child Care Ahead of SOTU

February 6, 2023

As President Biden prepares to deliver his second State of the Union, and first to a divided Congress, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) has put together a state-of-play on a …

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