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FFYF and Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus Host Hill Briefing On Early Childhood Education -

This week, the First Five Years Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, convened a panel of experts to highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood education and development. Brain science confirms that the first five years of life play a critical role across all domains of learning and development. A number of federal programs, combined with efforts on the state and local levels, help children from … Read More

FFYF Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day -

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and FFYF proudly celebrates this important reminder from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prioritize mental health initiatives that promote children’s healthy development from the start. Beginning at birth, a child’s social-emotional development significantly impacts their subsequent development and learning, including their capacity to withstand instances of stress and do well in school. Long before children learn to … Read More

How Early Learning Can Help Young Children Overcome Trauma -

Research shows us that the first five years of life are critical for brain development. Unfortunately, half of all children in the United States, approximately 35 million, have experienced one more types of trauma, and young children are especially at risk. A new report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty outlines promising strategies for child care and preschool programs to help young children who have … Read More

Three-Year-Olds Now Eligible for New York City’s Pre-K Program -

New York City announced this week that it will be extending full-day, high-quality public early childhood education to three-year-olds. In announcement on Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio announced 3-K for All, a program that builds on the city’s Pre-K for All program that has served four-year-olds. Over the last four years, 185,000 families have enrolled in NYC’s pre-k program. The new 3-K for All program will launch in two of … Read More

These Child Care Tax Proposals Would Bring Working Families Much-Needed Relief on #TaxDay -

Tuesday is the deadline for Americans to file their federal income tax returns, and while the tax code includes numerous provisions to help families offset higher education costs, very few incentives exist to offset early childhood expenses. Changing this dynamic is crucial, not just for the wellbeing of today’s children, but for the economic health of our country. Access to affordable, reliable, and quality early learning and care is an … Read More