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Xavier Becerra Nominated to be HHS Secretary, Would Oversee Critical Early Learning & Care Programs

December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden announced California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee to be Health and Human Services Secretary. Once confirmed, Becerra will lead the federal agency that …


Six Jurisdictions Can Now Apply for Renewal Funds for PDG

October 8, 2020

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in coordination with the Department of Education, released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (PDG …


House Passes Short-Term Government Funding Bill

September 23, 2020

Yesterday, the House passed a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) struck a deal to keep the government funded at …


Early Learning and Care Highlighted at Azar, DeVos Appropriations Hearings

March 3, 2020

In case you missed it last week, members of the House and Senate held committee hearings to discuss FY2021 appropriations with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar …


FFYF and Congressional Pre-K Caucus Host Bipartisan Briefing to Highlight Federal ECE Programs

February 27, 2020

This afternoon, First Five Years Fund, in conjunction with the bipartisan Congressional Pre-K Caucus hosted a briefing on federal funding for early learning and care programs, including: the Child Care …


Preschool Development Grant Funding Awarded to 26 States for 2020

December 20, 2019

UPDATE: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional three-year renewal grants are being awarded to South Carolina, Nebraska, and …


Big News from FFYF’s Bipartisan Congressional Briefing Today on Preschool Development Grants

March 7, 2019

Earlier today, FFYF, in conjunction with the offices of Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) and John Katko (R-NY-24), hosted a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill today to discuss the benefits of …


FFYF Releases Legislative Priorities and Resources for 116th Congress

January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the 116th Congress now in session, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) has released its federal legislative agenda outlining priorities and opportunities for lawmakers to advance …


Amid Shutdown, Congress Passes Bipartisan Extension of TANF Program

January 15, 2019

UPDATE: On January 22, 2019, the U.S. Senate approved a temporary extension of the TANF program through June 30, 2019. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for signature.  …


46 States and Territories to Receive Preschool Development Grants

January 4, 2019

Big news! 46 states and territories have been awarded funding through the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5), a $250 million competitive federal grant designed to improve states’ existing early …

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