FFYF Statements

#SOTU 2016: President Obama Highlights Historic Progress, Need for Greater Access to Quality Early Childhood Education -

POTUS: “In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all” WASHINGTON – Tonight in his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged the tremendous progress that has been made advancing early childhood education during his administration, and he called for even greater achievements in the years to come.  This marks the fourth year in a row that early learning was included in … Read More

HISTORIC: ESSA Helps States Improve and Expand Early Childhood Education Programs -

The nation’s largest education law will also now include a $250 million Preschool Development Grant program  WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the first time since 2001.  The measure, which passed the U.S. House last week 359-64 and now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature, includes historic support to states … Read More

Tennessee Pre-K and the Need for Quality, Continuity & Persistence -

Earlier this week Vanderbilt University released a study on the early outcomes of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K program, showing that good intentions aren’t good enough and calling for improvements in both the quality of its preschool program and K-3 education. Fortunately, these results come early in Tennessee’s investment in early education, and the state’s policymakers, educators and media remain committed to improving the program and the lives of disadvantaged children. The … Read More

First Five Years Fund Endorses the Every Child Achieves Act -

Yesterday, First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Kris Perry sent a letter to Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), endorsing the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) and expressing strong support for the bill. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and recognizes the vital role of high quality early childhood education on America’s disadvantage … Read More

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Identifies Early Childhood Education as a Policy Priority -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2015 Charles Joughin | cjoughin@ffyf.org | 202-730-0249 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Identifies Early Childhood Education as a Policy Priority   WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies yesterday approved a $153.2 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, including bipartisan measures to increase or sustain funding for core early childhood programs. Yesterday, the … Read More