Month: January 2015

Statement from First Five Years Fund Executive Director Kris Perry on President Obama’s State of the Union Address -

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) is glad that President Barack Obama chose to prioritize investments in early childhood education in his State of the Union address – for the third year in a row. We applaud this effort to bring national attention to the importance of strengthening our nation by investing in our greatest resource – our children, from birth to age 5. In red states and blue states … Read More

Statement from First Five Years Fund Executive Director Kris Perry on President Obama’s Tax Reform Proposal -

Late yesterday, the White House previewed details on a tax proposal that President Obama will unveil during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. On the heels of a year where early childhood education saw significant policy movement, this latest proposal is another indication that early childhood development will continue to be a priority for the Obama Administration. Initial details indicate that the White House proposal would triple the Child and … Read More

Statement from First Five Years Fund Executive Director Kris Perry on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) -

The First Five Years Fund greatly appreciates the swift progress being made to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This critical piece of legislation is essential to ensuring that our students are college and career ready and fully prepared for later success in life. But, we can’t achieve this goal as a nation if our children don’t begin school with a strong foundation built early in life. While … Read More

Early Childhood Education 2014 — Year in Review -

It’s been quite a year for early childhood education. More than ever, the momentum is strong and support for new investments in high-quality early childhood programs is coming from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, businesses, philanthropy and governments at every level. Here are some highlights from 2014: JANUARY: Early Childhood Education is a Big Winner in Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations When Congress approved a $1 trillion spending bill for Fiscal Year … Read More