Year: 2016


In a year when partisan politics captivated the spotlight across America, one issue continued to transcend the “left vs. right” divide and made tremendous progress at the federal level: early childhood education. Congress and the Obama administration achieved bipartisan victories for America’s youngest learners in 2016. FFYF’s latest national bipartisan poll proved definitively that, even in an angry and polarized election, 90% of voters agree on one thing: Congress … Read More

FFYF’s Tax Proposals Support Working Families with Access to Quality Early Learning and Care -

Access to quality early learning and care opportunities for children under age five is a crucial investment that many families across the country struggle to afford. The core federal early childhood education programs, such as Head Start and Child Care, are responsible for serving families from low-income backgrounds. Unfortunately, across the country, the need to access these critical programs far outpaces their current capacity. Faced with limited resources, local, state, … Read More

Department of Education Announces 2016 Promise Neighborhood Winners -

Yesterday, the Department of Education announced six new Promise Neighborhood winners for the 2016 grant year. Grant winners include organizations in KY, NJ, MS, PA, and CA totaling nearly $33 million in awards. All of the winners have made a specific commitment to early childhood education. For example, Brea College in California will expand its existing network of early learning providers to ensure delivery of high-quality programs, centered on … Read More

Happy Holidays from FFYF! -

Dear friend, This has been an incredible year for early childhood education at the federal level. At FFYF, we’re grateful to all of our friends who have made this year’s historic progress possible. As 2016 comes to an end, let us celebrate that the lives of so many young children across America were changed because of quality early childhood education. All kids deserve a chance to succeed in life. Read More

New Research Finds ECE Programs Produce Higher Economic Returns Than Previously Thought -

Earlier this week, Nobel Laureate Professor James J. Heckman released new research showing early childhood education can produce higher economic returns than previously established for preschool programs serving 3 to 4 year olds. Professor Heckman’s new study, The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influence Early Childhood Program, follows up on Heckman’s analysis of the health benefits of the North Carolina Abecedarian (ABC)/Carolina Approach to Responsive Education (CARE) programs – quantifying … Read More