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After Senate Passage, Negotiations Underway with House on Bipartisan Opioid Bill

September 20, 2018

On Monday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive bill with strong bipartisan support in response to the opioid epidemic devastating so many communities. Senators worked across the aisle to find …


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 …


ICYMI: Back to School for Early Learners with Promise of Preschool Development Grants

September 6, 2018

As children across the country start school – many for the first time – it’s important to recognize the federal investments and partnerships that help make high-quality early childhood education …


A New Report Shows Benefits of Legacy Preschool Development Grant Program

August 7, 2018

Last week, the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report highlighting states’ progress in implementing the Legacy Preschool Development Grants (PDG). Congress appropriated …


HHS Office of Child Care Hosts Webinar on Utilizing Its New Infant and Toddler Resource Guide

August 2, 2018

State leaders are at the forefront of creating innovative early childhood care and learning systems around the country. The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC), one of the Office …


Achieving School Readiness for All Our Children

July 27, 2018

A Funder’s Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five


New Report Details “Indispensable” Policies and Practices for Quality Pre-K

July 26, 2018

By the time a child starts elementary school, their bodies and brains have already gone through a vital period of growth and development that lays the groundwork for health and …


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 …


Child Care and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

May 2, 2018

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of …


Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: How States Are Using the Law

March 7, 2018

STATES ARE PRIORITIZING EARLY LEARNING The latest addition to FFYF’s ESSA toolkit of resources, Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: Implementation Snapshot provides an early look at where states are leveraging ESSA …

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