Additional Opportunities

There is Broad, Bipartisan Support for Higher Funding Levels for Federal Early Childhood Programs -

Each year through the appropriations process, Congress determines and allocates funding for federal programs, activities and priorities—for example, national defense, education, and homeland security—as well as general government operations. And for the past several years, Congressional Appropriators have sustained or increased funding for the federal early childhood education programs, even as other priorities and programs have been decreased or eliminated. The annual appropriations process provides a critical opportunity each year to … Read More

TANF Supports Early Learning & Care Opportunities for Low-Income Families -

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of higher education. In addition to other important federal programs that support the care and education of America’s young children from birth through age five – particularly those from low-income families – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program … Read More

FFYF Honors Barbara Bush’s Legacy: Compassion for Children -

Barbara Bush will be remembered by many for her role as First Lady, and for the sharp wit and compassion she brought to that office. Among her many passions was her lifelong dedication to education, specifically early childhood education and literacy. Aside from her work as a mother, wife, and First Lady, Mrs. Bush worked tirelessly to advance opportunities for all children … Read More

Governors Focus on Early Childhood Education in State of the State Addresses -

States across the nation are leading the way to ensure more children—especially those from low-income families—have access to high-quality early learning and care from birth through age five. And this year, Republican and Democratic governors from every corner of the nation have used their annual State of the State addresses to highlight their commitment to early childhood education. In fact, one in three U.S. governors who delivered State of … Read More

See Just How Much Congress Increased Funding for Early Childhood Education -

Today, the U.S. Senate passed an omnibus government spending bill, which includes a huge funding increase for some of the nation’s vital early learning and care programs. The bill was then signed into law by the president, officially funding the government through the end of September 2018. Overwhelming bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for early childhood education made greater funding levels possible, and we are grateful to the … Read More