Child Care

Quality childcare is essential for young children’s safety, health, and development. And parents cannot work without confidence that their children are well cared-for during the work day. But today, federal investments fall well short of the need. In fact, more than 40 percent of infants and toddlers are in substandard child care environments. First Focus is working for stronger federal policy to improve both child care quality and affordability.

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Watch: Child Care: It’s (not just) a Kids Issue | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 16, 2021 |

Child care and early learning offer critical developmental support to children, experts told a Children’s Week audience Wednesday, but they also provide vital infrastructure to the larger U.S. economy. “To think about child care as


WATCH: The American Families Plan: What does it mean for kids? | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 14, 2021 |

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today urged viewers during the first event of Children’s Week 2021 to “be a voice for children” by writing


Letter: The first — and next — 100 days

| May 4, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the achievements of their


8 ways the American Families Plan offers historic progress for children

| April 28, 2021 |

The American Families Plan, released today by President Biden, may be the most important piece of legislation for children in our nation’s recent history.


Fact Sheet: The REAL impact of COVID-19 on kids

| April 22, 2021 |

Way back at the beginning of this pandemic, a narrative took hold that kids are not affected. Now, more than a year in, it


Statement: Investment supports U.S. “vital child care infrastructure”

| April 15, 2021 |

Child care funds will shore up providers Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in response to President Biden’s release today of


This is Our Moment — an announcement.

| April 15, 2021 |

I firmly believe that this is our moment. I don’t need to explain to any of you how bad things have been — this past


Fact Sheet: Kids and the American Rescue Plan

| March 30, 2021 |

The American Rescue Plan marks the biggest policy gain for children in the United States in decades. The comprehensive COVID-19 relief package passed by


More than ever, we need Champions for Children — these are policymakers meeting the moment

| February 4, 2021 |

Our nation’s children face multiple challenges to their well-being stemming from years of a declining share of federal investments in their future, the COVID-19


Report says more than 4,000 NY children lost a caregiver due to COVID-19

| December 11, 2020 |

Between March and July of this year, 4,200 children in New York State lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19. Four-thousand, two-hundred individual children.