Every Student Succeeds Act

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

New ESSA Guidance Highlights What States and Districts Can Do to Expand Opportunities for Youngest Learners -

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued non-regulatory guidance for early learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new law, enacted December 10, 2015, explicitly elevates early learning throughout. The Department’s guidance describes in greater detail what states and local educational agencies (LEAs) can do to leverage the allowable uses in order to expand opportunities to support America’s youngest learners. The intentional inclusion of early … Read More

Obama Administration Announces Rise in Nation’s High School Graduation Rates, Highlighting Progress on Early Childhood Education -

Today at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. President Obama announced that the nation’s high school graduation rates have reached a new high of 83.2 percent. President Obama used this, likely his last major Education speech, to address the range of education issues he and his Administration prioritized during its tenure. As President Obama said today, “it starts with our youngest learners. High-quality early education is one of … Read More