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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Children & Families
Childcare for working families in Ohio is often too expensive and/or poor quality. The states childcare assistance programs have one of the most restrictive income requirements in the county, reducing their effectiveness. Further, the childcare system is difficult to navigate, and...

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 2021
Level State
State(s) Maryland
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early childhood education preparation varies widely across the higher education industry. Multiple programs with differing curriculums suggest similar outcomes but produce highly variable levels of preparedness. This report focuses on the education landscape of early-childhood-education...

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 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

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 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 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Structural violence reduces health outcomes through systemic stratification along race, class, and gender. People exposed to more structural violence are disproportionately likely to experience preterm birth. This report illustrates the role of structural violence in creating adverse...

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 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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Georgia
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
This report discusses the social, economic, and developmental implications of Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) challenges, and outlines strategies for Georgia lawmakers to support children struggling with mental or emotional health-related issues. The report recommends lawmakers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs provide funding for three categories of essential services--direct, enabling, and public health services--but requires funded programs to be "family-centered, community-based and culturally competent." This report examines the methodologies...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
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 2022
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Women’s Law Center
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Health
This report urges state policymakers to advance broad-based agendas that protect women's and girls' health and safety. This includes an economic security and opportunity agenda, a health care access and equity agenda, a keep LGBTQI+ youth safe agenda, a stop sex harassment agenda,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report uses various statistics and graphics to explain the economic impacts of insufficient child care resources on parents, employers, and taxpayers. It also notes that these negative impacts have worsened over time, and were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It concludes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

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
Unlike public school teachers teaching children 5 years or older, early education teachers lack policy that requires certification at the state level that maintains consistent level of quality education in the nation. Furthermore, higher education programs that are meant to prepare...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Public Spaces
This report explains how a "Healthy Food Zone Ordinance" can regulate the proximity of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to schools, parks, childcare centers, or other locations frequented by children. It also includes a model ordinance which prohibits fast food restaurants...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families
In order to expand equitable access to high-quality child care, policy makers must simultaneously increase the supply of affordable child care and support the child care workforce. ProGov21's updated Affordable Child Care Roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to achieve...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs, by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level County, State
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Childcare providers in Wisconsin typically charge families above federal guidelines to make ends meet. This report outlines the expenses providers face in the industry, examines a Milwaukee County childcare center case study, and finds that staffing requirements create the largest...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Organizations conducting research on and proposing policy solutions to structural inequalities in maternal and child care often fail to integrate the perspectives of the people being studied into their work. This report explores reasons to include the perspectives of research subjects...

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