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2024: ABCS of Federal Early Learning and Child Care Funding Streams

March 5, 2024

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 …


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Deep Dive Into Dual Language Learners

October 13, 2023

As FFYF commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month, we take a moment to reflect on the remarkable contributions of Latinx communities across the United States.  In recognizing and celebrating our nation’s Latinx …


The Multiple Benefits of Cost Models for Child Care

September 15, 2023

In the early care and education (ECE) policy space, we most often hear the term “cost model” associated with states determining provider reimbursement rates for Child Care and Development Block …


FFYF’S 2023 State Fact Sheets

July 31, 2023

Our new analysis of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. shows that child care and early learning programs have tremendous impacts on young children, their families, and the economy at …


New Proposed Rule Supporting Child Care Access, Affordability, and Stability

July 28, 2023

On July 13, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would strengthen the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, which …


Brief: Improve Child Care Access within the Parameters of Existing Policies

July 25, 2023

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides subsidies to working families with low incomes to help them access quality child care and supports states in improving program quality. The …


New 50 State Analysis Shows Impact of Federal Child Care Program 

May 11, 2023

New analysis of all 50 states and the District of Columbia from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) shows that while the nation’s main federal child care program – the Child …


The First Five Things to Know: The Child Care and Development Block Grant

May 10, 2023

Millions of families need child care in order to work, but many simply can’t afford it. This leads to parents having to reduce the number of hours they work or …


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 …


Child Care and Development Block Grant: From Funding to Families

May 9, 2023

Child Care and Development Block Grant program funding goes to lead agencies in all 50 states, territories, and tribes to help low-income parents afford child care while they work or …


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 …

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