Budget & Appropriations

Bipartisan Budget Passed By Congress Extends Critical Support For Federal Home Visiting Program -

Bipartisan bill secures five-year reauthorization for MIECHV, negotiates doubling funding for CCDBG WASHINGTON – Early this morning, Congress passed a bipartisan budget bill, which includes an agreement to increase domestic spending caps and contains substantial victories for America’s young children from birth through age five. Notably, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which expired in September of 2017, … Read More

Early Childhood Programs Receive Continued Federal Support in FY18 from Senate Appropriations Committee -

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Notably, the spending proposals passed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee held steady or increased FY18 funding for several critical early childhood programs: “At a time of great fiscal challenges in Congress, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s vote … Read More

NEW NATIONAL POLL: Majorities Of Trump And Clinton Supporters Unite On Early Childhood Education -

Washington, D.C. – In an otherwise polarized election, 90 percent of voters – including 78 percent of Trump supporters and 97 percent of Clinton supporters – agree that Congress and the next president must make quality early childhood education more accessible and affordable to low- and middle-income families. The poll released today by the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) found that by a three-to-one margin, voters prefer the next … Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $60 Million Increase in Early Learning Funding -

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $161.857 billion spending bill for fiscal year 2017, which included bipartisan measures to increase or sustain funding for core early learning programs. This is the first bipartisan spending bill passed out of the Senate committee in seven years. “After a year of historic support for early childhood education in Congress, we’re pleased to see this sign of continued a bipartisan commitment … Read More