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STATEMENT: First Five Years Fund Executive Director Sarah Rittling on Proposed FY24 Funding Levels for Child Care and Early Learning Programs

July 14, 2023

“Federal funding provides the foundation for child care and early learning programs. Now is the time to bring greater support for working families and children, not reverse course. We urge …


Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Tackles Access to Child Care for Parents Who Work Nontraditional Hours

June 23, 2023

Last month, Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced H.R. 3639, the House companion to S. 976 the After Hours Child Care …


FFYF Submits Feedback on 21st Century Community Learning Centers Guidance

June 22, 2023

Last week, FFYF submitted feedback on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) draft non-regulatory guidance for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). 21st CCLC grants …


Department of Education Calls for Applications for FY2023 CCAMPIS Awards

June 12, 2023

Last week, the Department of Education (ED) released a Federal Register Notice inviting applications for new awards for FY2023 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. …


STATEMENT: First Five Years Fund’s Sarah Rittling with Highlights from the Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Child Care

June 2, 2023

“We were pleased to see a spotlight on this important issue, but awareness isn’t enough,” said Rittling. “We urge Committee members to work together to lower child care costs for …


FFYF Hosts Congressional Reception With PBS, Sesame Street, Members of Congress

May 24, 2023

Last night, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), Sesame Workshop, and PBS KIDS hosted a congressional reception in conjunction with the Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus and its Co-Chairs Reps. …


House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Expand Early Educator Apprenticeships

May 4, 2023

In an effort to address our nation’s workforce challenges, including in early learning and care programs, the bipartisan Early Educators Apprenticeship Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Todd …


Biden Doubles Down on Child Care Priorities Through Executive Order

April 24, 2023

Last week, President Biden took an important step in strengthening his commitment to fix our nation’s child care system. Through executive order (EO), Biden is directing nearly every Cabinet- level …


FFYF Comments on Early Care and Education in ESRA Reauthorization

April 19, 2023

In April, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) released a Request for Information seeking input on policies the Committee should consider in the upcoming reauthorization of …


FFYF Statement on President Biden’s Child Care Executive Orders

April 18, 2023

In response to the news that President Biden will release a series of executive orders today on child care and early learning, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah …

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FFYF Executive Director Sarah Rittling Testifies Before Key House Committee On Child Care Funding

March 23, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling appeared before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) to testify about …

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