Month: April 2015

Early Education at the Education Writers Association -

This week, early childhood education was a central topic of the Education Writers Associations’ 2015 National Seminar, held in Chicago, IL. This year’s theme was “Costs and Benefits: Covering the Economics of Education” and many of the sessions highlighted the economic benefit of investing in early childhood education programs. During the conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to questions from education reporters from across the country – and … Read More

First Five Years Fund statement on the Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants Amendment -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) further strengthened the early childhood education provisions of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 by unanimously approving the Early Learning Alignment and Improvement Grants Amendment (ELAIG). The bipartisan amendment, introduced by Sen. Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Isakson (R-GA), dedicates funding for states that propose to improve coordination, quality and access for early childhood education. “Today the Senate HELP … Read More

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

A Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry: In overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion this evening, the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by a vote of 92 to 8. This legislation heeds the demands of Republicans and Democrats alike to extend the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program funding through fiscal year 2017, providing $800 million for fiscal years 2016 … Read More

A Business Approach to Early Childhood Education -

This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing on the benefits of investing in early childhood education. Included among the expert witnesses asked to testify was Diana Rauner, president of The Ounce of Prevention Fund (FFYF’s parent organization). Walter S. Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center at the Yale School of Medicine, and Debra Andersen, executive director of Smart … Read More

Invest In US Event Features States and Communities That Recognize the Value of Early Education -

Earlier today, the Center for American Progress hosted a special Invest in US event featuring ways that states and communities are implementing strong early learning programs to benefit children, families and the economy. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was the day’s keynote speaker and  highlighted the ways that investing in high-quality early education have a positive effect on his state’s economy, noting that early learning is the top priority of the … Read More