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


Letter to Congress: Maternal CARE Act

| August 22, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children applauds the introduction of the Maternal CARE Act and the opportunity to to reduce the number of African American women


Champions for Children 2017

| July 19, 2018 |

Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and


Members of Congress Who Advanced Children’s Issues Recognized by First Focus Campaign for Children

| July 19, 2018 |

Contact: Simona Combi, 202-657-0679, simonac@firstfocus.org July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and


Social Media Kit: 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard

| July 19, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children released its 2017 Champions Scorecard. In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress


Letter to the House of Representatives: The PREEMIE Act

| June 18, 2018 |

The Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act) focuses on strategies to reduce the devastating toll of preterm


Saturday: MIECHV to Expire Without Congressional Action

| September 29, 2017 |

Home Visiting Coalition Media Contact: Heather Cabral 202-550-6880 Home Visiting Coalition disappointed in program lapse; vows to continue effort for reauthorization WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept.


In the News: Home visits for rural parents could be slashed if law expires

| September 29, 2017 |

From 89.3 KPCC: One of the items on Congress’ long to-do list of things to accomplish before the fiscal year ends is reauthorizing federal


Letter of Support: Pre-K Parity Act

| March 27, 2017 |

On March 27, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted a letter of support to US Representative Joaquin Casto for his leadership in introducing


Leading Children’s Health Groups to House of Representatives: Keep Medicaid Strong

| March 22, 2017 |

American Health Care Act would jeopardize care for children and families Washington, DC—The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project,


Letter: Thank You for Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

| February 21, 2017 |

First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley sent a letter to Representative Rosa DeLauro and Kirsten Gillibrand thanking them for reintroducing the Family and