FFYF Honors Barbara Bush’s Legacy: Compassion for Children -

Barbara Bush will be remembered by many for her role as First Lady, and for the sharp wit and compassion she brought to that office. Among her many passions was her lifelong dedication to education, specifically early childhood education and literacy. Aside from her work as a mother, wife, and First Lady, Mrs. Bush worked tirelessly to advance opportunities for all children … Read More

Which States Are Making Strides to Improve Public Preschool Programs? -

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the latest edition of its annual report that scores state-funded preschool programs on their efforts to increase access, funding and quality. This year’s “State of Preschool Yearbook” identified areas of growth in states across the country, and made recommendations for how they could make improvements to the quality of their preschool programs, as well as enrollment. The NIEER … Read More

Report Details Importance of Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years -

A new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University details the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in creating the foundation for a young child’s social and emotional development. The new brief surveys a range of strategies to strengthen adult caregiving and improve young children’s social-emotional development. Key findings from the brief include: Early social and emotional development establishes a psychological foundation for … Read More

Lawmakers in Congress Remain Bipartisan Champions for Early Childhood Education -

Over the course of the past several years, Congress has generated a supportive track record on early learning. Members on both sides of the aisle have worked together to significantly increase funding, while also enacting reforms to existing early childhood programs that elevate quality and leverage state and local leadership. The latest edition of FFYF’s resource, “Congress: Bipartisan Champions for Early Learning” provides a snapshot of Congress’s bipartisan track record … Read More