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Happy Birthday, Head Start! Bipartisan Praise for this Vital Program

May 22, 2019

Saturday marked the 54th anniversary of the federal Head Start program. Head Start delivers comprehensive early learning, health, nutrition, and family support services to children ages 3 through 5 living …


See Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in Action with “All Our Kin”

March 13, 2019

Finding affordable child care that’s also high-quality can be challenging for American families, especially for low-income families. In 33 states the annual cost of infant care exceeds the cost of …


Father of Head Start: FFYF Honors the Life of Dr. Edward F. Zigler

February 9, 2019

Dr. Edward Zigler, recognized as the “Father of Head Start,” passed away Thursday, February 7th, at the age of 88. FFYF is grateful for Dr. Zigler’s many innovative contributions to …


Federal Legislative Agenda: Early Childhood Education in the 116th Congress

January 17, 2019

In recent years, Congress has made historic progress on behalf of America’s youngest learners through important, bipartisan policy and funding advancements around early childhood education. As a result, more children from low-income …


2018 National Poll: Fact Sheet

January 8, 2019

With a divided Congress, voters see early childhood education as a rare, unifying policy issue– and they’re paying close attention to their lawmakers’ actions. According to a new bipartisan poll …


2018 National Poll: Results By Question

January 8, 2019

FFYF’s sixth year of national polling, conducted in the days immediately following the 2018 Midterm Elections, shows Democratic and Republican voters alike expect members of Congress from across the aisle …


Study Shows Head Start Reduces Likelihood of Adult Poverty

January 2, 2019

A new study from the University of Michigan found that Head Start has positive long-term impacts on both higher education attainment and economic self-sufficiency. Researchers used longitudinal data from children …


FY19 Appropriations Coalition Thank You Letter

October 12, 2018

October 11, 2018 The Honorable Richard ShelbyUnited States Senate304 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Shelby, The Child Care and Early Learning Coalition appreciates the increased funding included …


An Introduction to Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress

September 13, 2018

It is now widely understood that a child’s brain is at its most flexible during the first few years of life, making this a critical period for learning, growth, and …


Office of Head Start Releases Program Instruction for Head Start and Early Head Start Supplemental Funds

September 12, 2018

The Office of Head Start (OHS) announced yesterday the availability of additional funds to increase high-quality early childhood program hours for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Specifically, $295 …


Congress Can Leverage Head Start to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic’s Effects on Children

July 18, 2018

As America’s opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities, numerous child welfare groups are calling attention to short and long-term effects of this crisis on children. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such …

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