Month: February 2015

First Five Years Fund statement on House of Representatives ESEA Amendments -

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has been a topic of discussion and debate for a decade – and today, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important first step in the process by debating their proposal. The House just adopted one early childhood education amendment to ESEA from Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, and will soon vote on two other amendments critical to our most at-risk families. Read More

The “Politics” of Early Childhood Education — How Early Learning Has Developed as a Bipartisan National Priority -

On Tuesday of this week, I had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion on the “politics” of early childhood education with two people who know more about the ins and outs of Washington than just about anyone else – Kevin Madden and Robert Gibbs. Kevin was a senior advisor and Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, he served as press secretary to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner, … Read More

First Five Years Fund statement on President Barack Obama’s FY2016 Budget -

A Statement from First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry: President Obama’s inclusion of a robust early childhood education plan in his FY2016 budget represents a sound investment in America’s future through our greatest resource – our children. This newest budget proposal further establishes what researchers, economists, business leaders and others already know: education begins at birth. The president’s budget is another marker underscoring how early childhood education … Read More