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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level School District, City or Town, School Board
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
This report aims to help community development and regional planning practitioners collaborate on cross-sector educational improvement efforts, increase productivity, and foster social equity. Its seven-step process recommends developing an understanding of the educational landscape,...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2022
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Public Safety
One of the most effective ways to prevent crime is to provide children with the parental support and programs needed to be successful, productive members of society. This report discusses four steps Michigan policymakers should take to support children's success and improve public...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Council For a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report presents statistics on child care accessibility, affordability, and quality in Pennsylvania. It also outlines the social and economic consequences parents, employers, and taxpayers face due to inadequate child care services in the state. It concludes by identifying steps...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) New Mexico
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report discusses how investments in New Mexico's early care and education (ECE) programs can increase productivity, strengthen the economy, improve public safety, and enhance national security. It also outlines multiple case studies in which high-quality home visiting, child...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level School District, City or Town, County
State(s) Tennessee
Source Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Children & Families
This report outlines Nashville-Davidson County's early childhood policies and identifies the shortcomings of current programming. It recommends that the city support early literacy programs, improve accountability in the school system, invest in management technology and training,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report compares the present-day conditions of early child care and education (ECE) workers to their conditions documented in the 1989 National Child Care Staffing Study. In particular, it discusses trends in wages, education, and turnover among early childhood teachers; analyzes...

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 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 2022
Level State
State(s) Oregon
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Public Safety
One of the most effective ways to prevent crime is to provide children with the parental support and programs needed to be successful, productive members of society. This report discusses four steps Oregon policymakers should take to support children's success and improve public safety:...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
The Texas Prenatal to Three Collaborative is a statewide coalition dedicated to promoting state policies that support infants, toddlers and their parents during the period of early brain development. This fact sheet discusses three primary policy goals regarding early child care:...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of San Antonio
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance establishes an election to authorize the city to levy a minor sales and use tax that would generate funding for early child development and education services in the city. It also provides election logistics including dates, locations, and permitted voting methods....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of San Antonio
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
This ordinance authorizes the creation of the San Antonio Early Childhood Education Municipal Development Corporation. The Corporation is tasked with developing and implementing early childhood development programs that prepare each child to enter school and ensure each child is ready...

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