Early Education Update
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ESEA Reauthorization
As the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) prepares to take up legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), FFYF strongly supports enhancing the nation's education law to better integrate early learning and K-12 education. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for new pre-K and early learning improvements in the ESEA reauthorization. FFYF Executive Director Kris Perry was in attendance for the Secretary's remarks and issued as statement calling on the Administration and Congressional leaders to use early childhood education as an area of bipartisan agreement in what could potentially be a very difficult bill. Read FFYF's full statement at

State of the Union 2015
On Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama will deliver this year's State of the Union address. For two years in a row, the President has highlighted the importance of federal investments in early childhood education and we anticipate it will be a key priority of the Administration moving forward. In last year's State of the Union, the President challenged business and philanthropy to come together to improve our nation's early learning opportunities. That call to action led directly to the creation of Invest in US, which has already leveraged more than $340 million in new private funding to support early childhood education.
States Taking the Lead on Early Childhood Education
In the opening weeks of new legislative sessions across the country, governors and state legislatures from both parties are leading the way toward more funding and increased opportunities for early childhood education. From North Dakota to New Mexico, new investments in early learning have been proposed in state legislatures. And early childhood education has been highlighted in State of the State addresses from Republican and Democratic governors. Read more about what the states are doing at

Education Week's Quality Counts 2015 Report Includes First Early Education Index
Education Week has released its 19th annual Quality Counts report for 2015 and for the first time in the report’s history, it focuses on early childhood education.Quality Counts 2015 includes the Early Education Index, examining levels of participation, equity and enrollment trends in early learning programs in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report acknowledges the strong momentum and bipartisan consensus on the importance of high-quality early childhood education, as well as new investments at the federal, state and local level. Despite this consensus, the report gives the nation a D+ on the Early Education Index, showing there is much work to be done to improve and expand access to early learning programs that prepare children at all income levels for success. Read more at
“I believe that every single child deserves the opportunity for a strong start in life through high-quality preschool, and expanding those opportunities must be part of ESEA.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
America's Educational Crossroads: Making the Right Choice for Our Children's Future
January 12, 2015

"And building on the historic first step we took last session, we will invest $10 million a year to fund scholarships for our new pre-K pilot, because every Hoosier child deserves to start school ready to learn."

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
State of the State Address
January 13, 2015

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