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New: Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Child Care Tax Incentives Introduced

February 15, 2024

The New PACE Act: Today, U.S. House Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, a bill to enhance existing provisions …

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Joint Statement: In Support of Tax Relief for Child Care

January 30, 2024

By enhancing the Child Tax Credit, the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 would help more families afford the everyday expenses of raising children. The …

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FFYF Submits Comments on 2023 Head Start NPRM

January 23, 2024

Last week, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Supporting the Head Start Workforce and Consistent Quality Programming, published by …

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Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Child Care and Pre-K Caucus Call For Updating Tax Provisions to Help Working Families Find and Afford Child Care

January 22, 2024

Leaders of the Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus sent a letter to the Ways and Means Committee, urging their colleagues to update provisions of the United States tax code …

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New Grant Reports on PDG B-5 Show the Beneficial Impact of Federal Funds

January 17, 2024

Grants made through the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) initiative help ensure state child care and early learning systems are as effective and efficient as possible. …

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Senate HELP Committee Advances the Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA)

January 4, 2024

On December 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 20-1 to advance S. 3392, the Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA), bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the …

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Recent Bills Offer Needed Updates to Child Care Food Assistance  Program

December 12, 2023

Having access to nutritious food is essential to children’s healthy growth and development, and children in full-time care need multiple meals and snacks throughout the day. With the cost of …

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Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children With Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

December 11, 2023

The Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the strongest policy statement on the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs to date. …

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FFYF Submits Comments on 2023 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families NPRM

December 4, 2023

On October 2, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. …

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Highlights from Senate Appropriations hearing on White House FY24 request

November 9, 2023

On Wednesday, November 8, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss President Biden’s FY24 supplemental funding request. As part of the three-hour hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas …

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STATEMENT: First Five Years Fund’s Sarah Rittling on White House Effort To Prioritize Child Care

October 26, 2023

The White House has called on Congress to prioritize funding for child care and early learning programs. The following is a statement from First Five Years Fund Executive Director Sarah Rittling …

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