Month: March 2015

Giving our Children a Strong Start in Life – An Opportunity for Bipartisanship -

Earlier this week, I presented at a bipartisan congressional briefing hosted by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). The panel addressed the importance of investing in high-quality early childhood education and included representatives from the National Association for the Education Young Children (NAEYC), Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and the Office of Head Start at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. I pointed out … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on the House Passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act -

A Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry: We applaud the House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which passed with an overwhelmingly positive vote of 392-37. This act will extend the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program funding through fiscal year 2017, providing $800 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 – and we urge … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on Sen. Casey’s Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Proposal -

A Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry: “We applaud Sen. Bob Casey for his leadership today on expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). Sen. Casey’s proposal builds upon President Obama’s similar proposal to help our nation’s children and families have access to the affordable, high-quality child care needed to give children a strong start in life while also supporting working parents through … Read More

Take Action: Ask Members of Congress to Sign Home Visiting Letter -

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) (members of the Energy & Commerce Committee) are spearheading a letter to House Leadership to urge their support to authorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program on “doc-fix” legislation.  They are urging members of the Energy  and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committees to sign on the letter.  We would appreciate any outreach you and your … Read More