Month: March 2014

STATEMENT FROM FIRST FIVE YEARS FUND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRIS PERRY ON THE SIX-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING (MIECHV) PROGRAM -

The First Five Years Fund is pleased with Congress’ bipartisan approval of a six-month extension of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The bill’s movement is yet another big win for our nation’s children and families, and reinforces the important role early childhood education plays in building the foundation of success for our youngest learners. Law enforcement, business leaders, health professionals, educators and dozens of organizations … Read More

Another Reason to Invest in Early Childhood Education: Interventions Starting at Birth Lead to Better Health -

Mountains of research demonstrate the long-term impact of early childhood education for our economy, our children and our society. Despite bipartisan recognition of the importance of starting early, too many children still lack access to opportunities that will prepare them for future success. A new study published in Science gives the case for early investments another push: quality early education programs for children lead to improved health outcomes for adults. Read More

We Have the Momentum, Let’s Keep Moving -

Many think that nothing can get done in Washington. That’s simply not true—at least when you have an issue as important as early childhood education. President Obama has featured early childhood education in two State of the Union addresses. Congress is responding: last fall, we saw the introduction of the bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act last fall. In January, we received an increase of $1.4 billion for early … Read More

Statement from First Five Years Fund Executive Director Kris Perry on the Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 -

The First Five Years Fund couldn’t be more thrilled that the U.S. Senate has prioritized early childhood education and child care as the first piece of major education legislation in 2014. The bipartisan reauthorization of S. 1086 – the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 – is an important step for the early childhood community, and an indication that Congress is heeding the research and overwhelming … Read More

Join the Home Visiting Day of Action on March 12 -

Voluntary federal home visiting programs are inching closer and closer to the chopping block. Congress must reauthorize Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding months sooner than its September 30, 2014, expiration date. Unlike other funding, Congress cannot reauthorize MIECHV retroactively to ensure that activities don’t stop. If Congress fails to act now, programs will soon go without adequate staff, fewer parents and children will have access to … Read More