Author: Fae Rabin

Charter Expansion Bolsters ECE Mixed Delivery System -

In recent years, local, state and federal investment in early learning and care have been trending upward. At the state level, investment in Pre-K has increased by 47 percent over the last five years. These state funded initiatives and capacity-building commitments show strong support for what research shows is the most critical period of development in a child’s life. Unfortunately, child care is still one of the largest expenses … Read More

House Appropriations Commits to Bipartisanship and Importance of ECE -

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee met to consider the draft fiscal year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill. The draft bill allocates funds for the core early childhood programs as follows: a $21.91 million funding increase for Head Start, level funding for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships ($640 million), a $4 million increase for CCDBG, and level funding for PDG ($250 million). These … Read More

FFYF Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day -

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and FFYF proudly celebrates this important reminder from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prioritize mental health initiatives that promote children’s healthy development from the start. Beginning at birth, a child’s social-emotional development significantly impacts their subsequent development and learning, including their capacity to withstand instances of stress and do well in school. Long before children learn to … Read More

Early Childhood Advocates Make the Case for Funding Critical Programs at Congressional Hearing -

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee (L-HHS) of House Appropriations convened a bipartisan hearing on FY18 budgeting priorities. This hearing came during the second consecutive week of leaders and experts in the early learning field being invited to Capitol Hill to speak on behalf of investing in children in the early years. Earlier this month, Educare D.C.’s Executive Director, Pyper Davis, testified before the House L-HHS Subcommittee … Read More

Early Learning Leader Testifies Before Congress: Increase Support for Early Childhood Programs in FY18 -

The budgeting and appropriations process for FY2018 is underway in Congress, and earlier today, the House L-HHS Subcommittee of Appropriations held a bipartisan hearing in which 19 witnesses weighed in on FY2018 budgeting priorities. Pyper Davis, the Executive Director of Educare D.C., testified before Chairman Cole, Ranking Member DeLauro, and the members of the Subcommittee about the importance of investing in the federal early learning programs across the birth to … Read More