Every Student Succeeds Act

America’s Governors to Congress: Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

This week Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, both Vice Chairs of the National Governors Association, wrote a letter to leaders in Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors, urging them to strengthening the state-federal partnership on early childhood education. “For governors, education and care for our youngest learners is equally important to our nation as health care, tax reform and investments in infrastructure. We urge … Read More

Top 7 Moments from This Week’s House Committee Hearing on Early Childhood Education -

Today a subcommittee of the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee held a hearing on the federal early childhood education and child care programs. The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education hosted, “Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs,” and featured testimony from early childhood scholars and practitioners, as well as a representative from the Government Accountability Office: Ms. Cindy Brown Barnes Director of … Read More

The President and Congress Should Prioritize Early Learning And Care Programs -

WASHINGTON – This week, President Donald Trump released his preliminary budgetary blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year. This budget only includes a high-level summary of proposed funding levels and administration priorities, but as currently written, this administration’s budget includes historically deep cuts to domestic programs. While we were encouraged the budget did not mention specific cuts to federal early childhood education programs, we are concerned by the overall funding … Read More

Early Childhood Advocates to Lawmakers: Thanks to Bipartisan Leadership in Congress, States Are Prioritizing ECE in State ESSA Plans -

Thanks in large part to the Senate HELP and House Education and the Workforce committees, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s most prominent public education law, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015. We are grateful that Congress championed this critically important work for the many American families who struggle to find, and afford, quality learning … Read More

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2016 -

In a year when partisan politics captivated the spotlight across America, one issue continued to transcend the “left vs. right” divide and made tremendous progress at the federal level: early childhood education. Congress and the Obama administration achieved bipartisan victories for America’s youngest learners in 2016. FFYF’s latest national bipartisan poll proved definitively that, even in an angry and polarized election, 90% of voters agree on one thing: Congress … Read More