Press Release

Sarah Rittling Named Executive Director of First Five Years Fund -

WASHINGTON – Today, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) announced that Sarah Rittling has been named Executive Director. Rittling has been serving as the organization’s Interim Executive Director since February 2018 and previously oversaw the organization’s operations and bipartisan government relations work as National Director. Founded in 2008 by a group of prominent national philanthropic foundations, FFYF is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to increasing the federal government’s … Read More

Successful Tax Reform Must Include Robust Child Care Incentives -

81 percent of the electorate—including 74 percent of Trump voters—support providing a Child Care Tax Credit to help parents better afford quality child care Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the White House and leaders on Capitol Hill released a framework of the tax reform plan developed by the Trump administration and Republicans in the House and Senate. The president and members of the administration have been … Read More

Bill To Reauthorize MIECHV Passes In The House Of Representatives -

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act” (H.R. 2824) in a bipartisan manner by a vote of 214-209. The bill reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program through FY 2022. First Five Years Fund (FFYF) executive director Kris Perry released the following statement in response to the … Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize MIECHV Introduced in the Senate -

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan bill to extend the evidence-based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is currently set to expire in 10 days. Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund (FFYF), issued the following statement in response: “Voluntary home visiting programs have demonstrated measurable benefits for children and families throughout the country. This … Read More

Bipartisan Group Of U.S. House Members Highlight Support For Federal Early Childhood Education Programs -

House Education and Workforce Subcommittee Hearing, House Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor and Health’s Funding Levels Highlight Congress’ Prioritization Of Early Childhood Education The House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood Education held a hearing today focused on how states can take active roles in promoting investments in early childhood education programs. The hearing drew bipartisan praise from lawmakers for the need for continued investment in high-quality early childhood education … Read More