Month: January 2013

To Grow the Economy, Invest in Early Childhood Education -

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and FFYF executive director Kris Perry contributed the following post to The Hill’s Congress Blog. In Washington there is much discussion about how to address the nation’s long-term fiscal situation, but very little about how to grow the economy and ensure we are meeting the needs of the next generation of Americans. To achieve both of these objectives, Congress and the administration should start … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on President Obama’s Inaugural Address -

First Five Years Fund Calls on President Obama to Reduce Inequality and Create Opportunity by Investing in Early Childhood Education The First Five Years Fund commended President Barack Obama for his emphasis on addressing inequality, creating opportunity and strengthening the next generation workforce in his second inaugural address. “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit, but we reject … Read More

Education Starts at Birth -

In her latest Education Experts blog post, the National Journal’s Fawn Johnson tackles the topic of universal pre-K. First Five Years Fund executive director Kris Perry contributed the following post, emphasizing that education must begin at birth. My advice to anyone seeking better education, health, social and economic outcomes is to embrace the fact that education starts at birth — not at age 4, not in kindergarten — at … Read More

Resolve to Invest in Early Learning -

Many of us are getting back to the daily grind and setting goals for the new year. Congress is getting back to work, too, and since the First Five Years Fund is in a resolution-making frame of mind, we’ve got a few suggestions. Protect Early Learning from Falling off the Fiscal Cliff Congress can protect investments in Head Start and child care when the sequestration delay it negotiated as … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on the Fiscal Cliff Deal -

Congress Postpones Early Childhood Education Spending Cut Decisions Until March First Five Years Fund Urges Legislators to Protect and Invest in Early Childhood Education to Strengthen Economy Early childhood education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff,” approved by Congress earlier this week. The American Tax Relief Act delays the across-the-board spending … Read More