Month: July 2015

Which States Have the Most and Least Expensive Child Care Options? -

Child care is among the largest household expenses for families with young children across the country. According to’s Annual Cost of Care Survey, 28% of families paid more than $20,000 on average for child care in 2014, up from $18,000 the previous year. However, these costs vary state by state. So in which states is child care most affordable? New Mexico, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, and Arizona top the … Read More

What ECE Provisions Made The Final Senate ESEA Bill? FFYF Breaks It Down. -

Early childhood education had a big win last week as the U.S. Senate passed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with historic support for early learning. So which early childhood investments made it into the final bill? We’ve put together a list of the early learning provisions that were included, and what they really mean. Take a look at a summary of each provision. 1111(b)(1)(D) … Read More

REPORT: Save the Children Action Network’s Innovative Financing for Early Childhood Education -

Americans on both side of the aisle agree: investing in early childhood education should be a national priority. Not only are such investments critical for children’s brain development, but the research shows there is a strong return on investment for every $1 spent on early childhood education. Everyone agrees this work is important, but how do we pay for it? Today the Save Children Action Network (SCAN) released … Read More

First Five Years Fund Endorses the Every Child Achieves Act -

Yesterday, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry sent a letter to Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), endorsing the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) and expressing strong support for the bill. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and recognizes the vital role of high quality early childhood education on America’s disadvantage … Read More

Senator Casey Introduces Strong Start Amendment to ESEA Aimed at Increasing Access to Quality Early Learning -

Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) proposed an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) establishing federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five. The Strong Start for America’s Children Amendment (Strong Start) provides more than $30 billion in paid-for funding to states, with a state match, for high-quality, full-day preschool for four-year-old children from families … Read More