Early Childhood Programs See Sustained or Increased Funding in House Appropriations Subcommittee Bill -

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) met to consider the FY2019 funding bill, which includes many of the core federal early childhood education programs. During the Subcommittee markup, the bill was approved by a voice vote, setting up consideration by the full Appropriations Committee as early as this week. The bill includes the following funding levels for early learning and care … Read More

Experts Warn of ‘Irreparable Harm’ to Migrant Children Separated from Families -

The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border as a means to deter or punish parents and children who come to this country seeking protection has received near universal condemnation from child welfare and human rights organizations across America. “What is happening to children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border is unconscionable,” said Sarah Rittling, executive director of the First Five Years Fund. “The overwhelming … Read More

New Report Details Summer Child Care Struggles Families Face -

A new report from the Center for American Progress details the struggles many American families face in accessing and affording quality child care for their children during summer months. In fact, the report shows that families can expect to pay at least 20 percent of their household income on child care services during the summer. Part of the report highlights the unique struggles that parents with children from birth … Read More

Indiana Expands Early Childhood Education Investment to Improve Access and Quality -

Indiana is awarding Pre-K providers over $1.5 million in grants in an effort to increase the quality of, and access to early learning programs across the state. The grant money, being administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), will be used to train staff, develop materials and curriculum, as well as host parent engagement events. In a recent WBAA-FM interview, FSSA spokesperson Marni Lemons commented on the … Read More

More National Groups Voice Input for Successful Implementation of New Preschool Development Grants -

In recent weeks, national organizations have submitted letters to the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the U.S. Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos on implementation of the new Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program. The First Five Years Fund and twenty other national organizations submitted a joint letter to the secretaries on April 26th, and shortly after the National Head Start Association shared comments with the … Read More