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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Achieving high-quality early care and education for all children will require meaningful public policy interventions and investments. Effective childcare reform must tackle the current system's main problems: lack of resources for parents to stay home with very young children, lack...

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 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Food
Michigan need to improve healthcare, education, public health, immigration regulation, families, childcare, worker skills, employment, and wages. The report explains the problems and gives recommendation to each of them....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
This factsheet highlights the decline in work support for low-income parents in Massachusetts over the past fifteen years. Funding cuts for early education, childcare, occupational education, and job training assistance have reduced access to workforce development and career opportunities....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Women's Law Center
Policy Areas Children & Families
The report lists the data analyzed by the state on payment rates for children care. The key findings are only a few states' paid the correct rate and tiered rates are higher than the recommendation level. More support and funding should be placed on children care by the government...
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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level County
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
The report lists population, race, economic security, health, family, education, access to childcare of children in Michigan...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education, Health, Public Safety
During the COVID-19 pandemic, early educators are being asked to serve children of other essential workers without the appropriate pay, health care, and personal protective equipment (PPE) or recognition that should come with risking their lives. This infographic outlines the risks...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Children & Families
A child’s first three years of life is the most rapid and sensitive period of development, and it sets the foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. All children deserve the opportunity to be born healthy and raised in nurturing, stimulating, stable, and secure care environments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) New Jersey
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
As New Jersey tentatively reopens K-12 schools after being closed for over five months, many of the state’s child care providers have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the children of essential workers. Throughout this time, providers have been required to observe...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Children & Families
This report investigated attempts in RI to make childcare affordable. The Child Care Assistance Program provides assistance to working families who cannot afford expensive childcare. A pilot program was launched to allow parents enrolled in CCAP to increase their earning and maintain...
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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
The population of children served in early care and education (ECE) settings is culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse and becoming more so. As a result, early childhood professionals must be prepared to work with young children from a variety of backgrounds and family settings,...

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 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 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
The first three years of life are the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body. Exposure to chronic stressors during these years can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems in the future that can be costly for families and society to navigate. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Community Development
This report examines how Rhode Island can improve economic assistance and workforce opportunities for single mothers by improving the "Rhode Island Works" cash assistance program, expanding the state childcare assistance program, increasing the minimum wage, increasing the earned...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Children & Families
What state did for Ohio families with tax revenue is not good enough. High quality childhood education benefits children. The state should spend more budget on child care, home visiting, kinship care, and child support administration....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Women's Law Center
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Women are the mostly likely to be engaged in low- wage jobs. Childcare is limited by high costs, provider accessibility, lack of stable care, lack of information, and eligibility concerns. Workers report scheduling problems to be a particularly big issue. This report recommends governments...
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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides education and support services to children and their families. Despite the fact that Head Start is a federally funded, national program, this report reveals that access to Head Start programs, funding per child,...

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
Early childhood education across the nation varies between and within states. Level of education and qualification of staff and teachers is inconsistent within the fragmented policy landscape, resulting in inequitable levels of early childhood education. This report summarizes research...

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 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Children & Families
High-quality childcare is expansive in Michigan. The government needs to expand childcare services. The government must also improve payments for child care providers accepting children with subsidies and expand eligibility for child care assistance....
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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
State(s) All States
Source National Women's Law Center
Policy Areas Children & Families
Families need affordable, high-quality childcare for them to work and their children. Public investment can help families to meet the cost of the care they need, but only a limit number can access to it cuurently. Direct childcare assistance can better help the families and the state...
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