Month: October 2013

Optimism in the Face of Federal Gridlock -

There was a sense of relief and a hint of jubilation in our office the morning of October 17. After 16 days of shutdown, federal government employees returned to work. More importantly, access to critical programs and services for children and families was restored. It was a difficult few weeks, making it easy to understand the cynicism surrounding the federal government and Congress in particular. But the displeasure of … Read More

Let’s Make Sure Friday the 13th Isn’t a Nightmare for Kids -

Last week, Congress gave up the ghost of a grand bargain—at least for now—and came to a short-term agreement that raised the debt limit while allowing the federal government to resume its normal functions. Included in the 13th-hour deal was the formation of a bicameral, bipartisan budget conference committee that must hammer out an agreement to fund the government in the short-term while seeking to address bigger budget … Read More


First Five Years Fund Executive Director Kris Perry issued the following statement on the end to the government shutdown: FFYF is relieved that an agreement has been reached to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Today’s decisions will ensure that America does not default on its service to its people and its commitment to repay its debt. Now, it’s time to look ahead. As we look ahead to … Read More

The Federal Budget Deal and What’s Next for Early Education -

If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve likely heard the heartening news that the federal government will soon reopen and the federal debt limit will be raised. Under the agreement currently knocking around Congress, it appears that a relatively clean Continuing Resolution, or “CR,” and a debt ceiling deal will move forward as early as tonight. Here’s a quick recap of the details as they stand now: A clean CR … Read More

Day Ten -

Last week, we released a statement saying the government shutdown would hurt children. And throughout the week, stories from across the country confirmed our fears. At the end of the first week of the government shutdown, seven Head Start programs in six states (AL, CT, FL, GA, SC and MS) were closed, leaving 7,195 children without access to Head Start. More than 11,000 additional children risk … Read More