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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
While there is wide agreement across states and types of schools that K-12 teachers should obtain a bachelor's degree, no consensus exists within the early care and education workforce. This report analyzes how this lack of consensus has led to disparities in minimum qualifications...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Lesbian Rights
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families
In additional to all the steps parents must take to help ensure that their children have what they need to develop into healthy adults, parents raising transgender and gender-expansive children must take additional steps to to prepare their child and family to cope with the possibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report provides a closer look at the well-being of California's early educators during the COVID-19 public health crisis, using data collected from the 2020 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study. Key findings show that educators' low wages leave them vulnerable...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Outdated workplace policies have failed to keep pace with the demands on today's workforce, limiting our economic growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Public Safety
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' minimum ratio standards for licensed child-care centers establish the maximum number of children allowed per caregiver in a child care setting based on children's ages. This report analyzes ratio data collected during annual...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education, Public Safety
Despite their important and complex work, early educators have faced low wages and unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report demonstrates that compensation within the early childhood education (ECE) workforce is uneven across states and among different classifications...

Type Policy Brief or Report, Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Children & Families
Quality preschool improves children’s educational outcomes into the elementary grades. Good programs with wraparound childcare anchor family financial stability today by enabling parents to work. Yet too few Cincinnati children have access to a good preschool or any preschool at all....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report outlines the steps states have taken to facilitate success for the early care and education workforce. In particular, it describes states' political will to increase ECE spending, quality standards, and enrollment, and legislation related to early educator qualifications,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Children & Families
Ohio state funds for child care program to improve children's care. Child care costs a large portion of parents' budget and child care is closly related to child's future development and the society. To improve the quality of child care, the state ohio set a certification program...

Type Ordinance
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families
The purpose of the Community Benefits Program for the North Hollywood Redevelopment Mixed-Use Project is to extend the benefits of a new Development (in this case, a child care programs and facility) to the community. This child care center shall offer affordable, accessible and quality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Teaching in early care and education (ECE) programs is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. This report summarizes recent research on wage standards and assesses existing initiatives intended to address the problem of low wages in ECE. It concludes that educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Rhode Island
Source Women's Fund of Rhode Island
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health, Children & Families
Economic insecurity is the root of many of the problems women and girls face in Rhode Island. Federal and state governments can help promote women’s economic security by implementing policies that promote equality and adequate earnings in the workplace and investing in programs that...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Although the average cost of child care rivals college tuition, early educators are among the lowest-paid workers in the country. This infographic outlines the consequences of insufficient wages on early educators' livelihoods....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This infographic argues that subsidized child care is ineffective until the early care and education system is reformed to ensure educators earn fair wages and benefits. Although subsidies have the potential to help low-income families afford child care, tax credits primarily benefit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families
This paper focuses on gender-based oppression since it is both one of the fundamental characteristics of the current system and one that must be eliminated from any desirable alternative future system. The first section attempts to provide working definitions for key terms and a brief...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Since too few children are able to access to good preschool, the Cincinnati decided to add funding source for preschool and K-12 education. High costs of preschools make less family afford it and the school is not enough to serve all children in Ohio. By combining public and pricate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education, Finance & Procurement
This report analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the early care and education system using data from the 2020 California Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Study. Findings show that the pandemic worsened existing disparities within the ECE workforce based on program type and funding....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early educators are some of the lowest-paid workers in every state, which especially burdens African American and Hispanic women in this profession. This report analyzes the racial disparities that exist in early education employment. Findings show that African American early educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education
Many children of color and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without the academic skills they need to succeed; these disparities in skills early on likely contribute to later achievement gaps observed during elementary school, for children who enter kindergarten...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Arizona
Source Mayor Innovation Project
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Health
Dedicated to limiting students' exposure to pollutants, Phoenix City staff, school faculty, and Arizona State University researchers planted trees and shrubs with K-8 students on unused school playgrounds. This project is poised to benefit more than 121,000 children under the age...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Mayor Innovation Project
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health, Public Spaces
Recognizing the mental health and physical health of children in poverty who have been impacted by the COVID lockdowns, Scranton, PA launched an innovative outdoor exposure program that helped children engage with outdoor spaces. By introducing a City Parks Passports to children and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Throughout the nation, early childhood educators are struggling to meet ends meet. With the passing of the American Rescue Plan Act, unprecedented funding opportunities exist to meet the wage gap of underfunded and underpaid educators. This report contains policy suggestions that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Funding for early childhood education (ECE) has been short of meeting the needs of citizens well before the pandemic. The limitations imposed by COVID-19 only exacerbated the situation. This study focuses on the complexity of financial procurement of funding for operations of ECE...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Launched in 2016, the California SEIU Early Educator Apprenticeship Program was meant to help educators in underserved communities to build skills and knowledge, shrinking the educational equity gap in the process. This study focuses on the outcome of the various implementations of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report illustrates the state of Early Education through interviews with practitioners from 10 states. The views of key stakeholders build a qualitative narrative of the experience within the early education institution, which suggests that across the 10 states, implementation...

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