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FFYF Capsule Collection: Appropriations and Child Care

December 1, 2023

What Are Appropriations? In A Nutshell Even with growing support from states, businesses and philanthropy, federal funding makes up the majority of investment in child care and early learning in …


Funding for Key Early Learning Programs

November 20, 2023

Each year, Congress determines funding levels for all of the federal defense and non-defense discretionary programs, including those that support the care and education of children from birth through age …

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The First Five Things To Know About: Federal Funding for Early Learning and Child Care

July 10, 2023

Child care is essential to the health and strength of our nation. Today, 26.8 million people in the workforce – or one out of every six – rely on child …


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 …


ABCs of Federal Early Learning and Child Care Funding Streams

January 16, 2023

Every year, millions of children who range in age from birth through five benefit from an array of federal early learning and care programs. While there are different early learning …


FY23 Final Funding Levels for Key Early Learning Programs

January 5, 2023

FFYF’s 2022 Child Care & Early Learning State Fact Sheets

August 2, 2022

Our analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that the existing patchwork of federal and state early learning and care programs only reaches a fraction of income-eligible families. Federal …


Lawmakers on Both Sides of the Aisle Call for Robust Early Learning & Care Funding

May 31, 2022

The appropriations process is an important time for legislators to determine their priorities for the next fiscal year. Congress uses this process to allocate funding for federal programs, activities and …


Advocates Call for Increased Funding for Early Learning and Care Programs in FY2023 Appropriations

April 26, 2022

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and a coalition of national early education advocacy organizations have written to Congressional appropriators with a request for increased funding for the existing federal …


FAQ: MIECHV Reauthorization

April 7, 2022

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program was reauthorized in 2018 at a funding level of $400 million a year through FY2022 and will expire September 30, …


Appropriations and Budget Reconciliation: Understanding Federal Early Learning & Care Funding Opportunities

March 9, 2022

Updated March 15, 2022 Each year, millions of low-income children from birth through age five benefit from the array of federal early learning and care programs, including the Child Care …

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