Our Focus

The First Five Years Fund is dedicated to increasing federal investment in high-quality early learning and care programs for disadvantaged children from birth to age five. We aim to help elevate early childhood education as a priority for the nation, garnering bipartisan support and contributing to improvements in funding and quality.

FFYF cultivates close working relationships with other federal advocacy groups, as well as with White House officials, agency leaders, and Democratic and Republicans members of the Senate and House of Representatives to advance evidence-based early childhood policy recommendations that are as practical as they are passionate to deliver better education, health, social and economic outcomes for children and the nation.

We help align best practices with the best possible policies and work with advocacy groups, the White House, and both parties in Congress to negotiate federal solutions that work for children, families, taxpayers, and state governments. Early childhood development is a practical, not partisan issue—so we collaborate with a diverse and wide range of federal and state advocates, business leaders, and policymakers to help craft early childhood policies that provide lasting economic and social returns.