Month: May 2014

Congress to Debate Early Learning Funding -

It’s that time again. The Senate Subcommittee on Labor-HHS Appropriations will be debating its FY2015 appropriations bill on Friday, June 6, with a full Appropriations committee markup the following week, most likely on June 10. Last year’s agreement on Labor-HHS Appropriations provided an increase of $1.4 billion for early learning programs, restoring sequester cuts and offering new opportunities to expand and improve early childhood opportunities around the country. Let’s tell … Read More

Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry on HELP Committee passage of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act -

Today’s Senate HELP Committee mark-up of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act is a significant milestone for the field of early childhood education. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and his colleagues have taken an important step by voting the bill out of committee to ensuring that more children and families have access to high-quality early childhood education opportunities. The Strong Start for America’s Children Act would establish effective state-federal partnerships … Read More

UPDATE: Strong Start Bill Moving in the Senate -

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is taking an important next step with the Strong Start for America’s Children Act by bringing the bill before the HELP Committee. Strong Start would enable expanded partnerships with states and communities to support the kind of quality early care and education programs that produce documented results. We support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act because America needs to do more to make sure children … Read More