Preschool Development Grants

Early Childhood Programs See Sustained or Increased Funding in House Appropriations Subcommittee Bill -

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) met to consider the FY2019 funding bill, which includes many of the core federal early childhood education programs. During the Subcommittee markup, the bill was approved by a voice vote, setting up consideration by the full Appropriations Committee as early as this week. The bill includes the following funding levels for early learning and care … Read More

More National Groups Voice Input for Successful Implementation of New Preschool Development Grants -

In recent weeks, national organizations have submitted letters to the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the U.S. Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos on implementation of the new Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program. The First Five Years Fund and twenty other national organizations submitted a joint letter to the secretaries on April 26th, and shortly after the National Head Start Association shared comments with the … Read More

Which States Are Making Strides to Improve Public Preschool Programs? -

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the latest edition of its annual report that scores state-funded preschool programs on their efforts to increase access, funding and quality. This year’s “State of Preschool Yearbook” identified areas of growth in states across the country, and made recommendations for how they could make improvements to the quality of their preschool programs, as well as enrollment. The NIEER … Read More

House Omnibus Bill Includes Huge Bipartisan Funding Increases for Early Learning & Care Programs -

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. House unveiled an omnibus government spending bill, which includes a huge funding increase for some of the nation’s vital early learning and care programs. BIG NEWS: The Omnibus government funding bill just unveiled in the House includes huge funding increases for crucial early learning and care programs! 1/4 — FirstFiveYearsFund (@firstfiveyears) March 22, 2018 Overwhelming bipartisan support on … Read More


Preserving and building on bipartisan progress In a year when divisive rhetoric, calls for resistance, and partisan distrust dominate the political headlines across the country, public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five remained an overwhelmingly unifying issue among American voters – and lawmakers – of every political persuasion. The past twelve months of advocacy and achievement build on bipartisan momentum that has been … Read More