Early Childhood

Quality early education is a game-changer, with a proven track record of reducing educational disparities that would otherwise hold back disadvantaged students. But the high cost of private pre-Kindergarten – about the same as annual tuition at a public university – and insufficient federal investments in Head Start puts quality early education out of reach for millions of children. First Focus advocates a federal-state partnership, modeled on the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program, which would improve both quality and affordability.

Resources


What does the President’s budget say about how we value children?

| February 11, 2020 |

Yesterday, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that would impose massive cuts to critical programs that children and families rely on every


Statement: First Focus on Children’s Response to President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget

| February 10, 2020 |

The proposed budget released today by President Trump takes direct aim at the health and well-being of America’s children. According to the FY 2021


Maternal and Infant Mortality: What Does the Data Tell Us and What Can We Do?

| November 18, 2019 |

The United States has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the developed world and they continue to rise. African-American women


New principles for child care define vision for high-quality, affordable care

| October 10, 2019 |

Child care is one of the greatest multi-taskers that exists – it simultaneously provides both early care and education for our youngest citizens, enables


Children’s Budget 2019

| September 10, 2019 |

First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 13th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids


Fact Sheet: Babies in the Budget

| May 8, 2019 |

Federal spending on Infants and Toddlers in Fiscal Year 2019 Infants and Toddlers represent 3.7 percent of the population, but what is their share


The FAMILY Act is a Push in the Right Direction

| February 13, 2019 |

This week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) reintroduced The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. Almost every worker in


Recommendation to Rescind Anti-Bias Guidance for School Discipline Will Harm Students and Reduce School Safety

| December 20, 2018 |

On Tuesday, the Federal School Safety Commission formed in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Parkland, Florida, issued its report with recommendations


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Increase Child Poverty in the United States

| October 23, 2018 |

The strength of our economic future is dependent on the well-being of our nation’s children. Yet child poverty remains high in the United States,