Month: June 2013

Senator Patty Murray Champions Early Education at the Center for American Progress -

Senator Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke today at the Center for American Progress about the need to invest in a better future by expanding access to quality early childhood education. We applaud Senator Murray for her longstanding commitment to provide children with a strong start and a foundation for success in school, career and life. Senator Murray said that the federal budget is a framework … Read More

KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Why Investments in Quality Early Learning Are More Important than Ever -

Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book which revealed a marked increase in the number of U.S. children living in poverty, painting a bleaker picture of America’s economic future. We know from experience that disadvantaged children are least likely to receive the quality early childhood development that study after study has proven is a necessary foundation for success in school, college, career … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on Early Learning and ESEA -

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee began markup of Sen. Tom Harkin’s proposed rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), “Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013.” The draft legislation’s renewed focus on early learning is an essential step in ensuring that all children begin school and are fully prepared for later success in school, career and life. First Five Years Fund applauds Sen. Read More

“Designathon” Helps Early Education Campaign -

Wednesday, June 5 was Early Education Day of Action. Across the nation, events were held to mobilize advocates around   investments in early childhood education. There were tweet-ups, meet-ups,  rallies and visits to legislators.  A new campaign – – launched with a petition drive as its centerpiece.  These are the effective strategies you might expect from an advocacy campaign. To support the effort from Chicago, we  brought together … Read More

Grow America Stronger – Sign Up and Take Action -

Today, organizations across the country—including many of you!—are rallying on this “Day of Action” to show federal policymakers that support for early learning is widespread and strong. We hope you’ll join us in echoing that rallying cry: Grow America Stronger through quality early childhood education. FFYF, alongside other organizations participating in the Strong Start for Children coalition, launched this new website to serve as our collective call to … Read More