Author: Kris Perry

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

White House Early STEM Education Symposium -

Yesterday the White House, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Invest in US, held an event at the White House on the importance of early STEM education. The White House received over 200 submissions of innovative STEM work through the Invest in US challenge from leaders across the country, representing state and local entities, foundations, non-profits, media organizations, technology companies, research institutions, and … Read More

OK: Early education pays off. -

Chicago, New Jersey, North Carolina, Delaware, Georgia, Boston, Utah and Pennsylvania—look across the country and you’ll see cities and states doing what a handful of naysayers claim to be impossible: implementing high-quality early childhood programs and producing better education outcomes for children. As these innovative programs mature, research consistently shows that they deliver results. Adding to the evidence is a new study by Deborah Phillips, a renowned Georgetown University … Read More

Fifty Years of Head Start: A Legacy of Learning -

The Head Start program turns 50 this year. Here in Washington, thousands of parents, teachers, administrators and program directors are gathering this week for the annual Head Start Conference and Expo. It’s a tremendous milestone for a program that has changed the course of many children’s lives and that has laid the foundation for other high-quality early childhood education opportunities. This country was a very different place in 1965 when … Read More

Giving our Children a Strong Start in Life – An Opportunity for Bipartisanship -

Earlier this week, I presented at a bipartisan congressional briefing hosted by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). The panel addressed the importance of investing in high-quality early childhood education and included representatives from the National Association for the Education Young Children (NAEYC), Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and the Office of Head Start at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. I pointed out … Read More