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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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Wallace Foundation
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Almost everyone believes that afterschool programs are one of those good things for youngsters. And yet many kids are left out: Only 15 percent - 8.4 million - of the country's school children participate, according to a report, "America After 3 PM," by the advocacy organization Afterschool...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Partnership For America's Economic Success
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Researchers and policymakers alike want to better understand the long-run effects of investments in children's well-being. Yet, only a few studies have examined how participants in early childhood interventions fare as adults. These studies suggest that early investments may have...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
This toolkit was developed to help cities and local school districts assess the quality of their public pre-K programs. It translates evidence and best practices into a set of items to appraise the design and implementation of the pre-K program. The information gathered through this...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Alabama, California, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, West Virginia
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Teachers in publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs across the nation are increasingly expected to earn educational qualifications and credentials similar to their peers teaching older children. Yet salaries and benefits remain consistently lower for pre-K teachers than for kindergarten...

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 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(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Supporting pre-K programs with a diverse set of funding streams provides more stability than other methods of funding. This report lists varying funding strategies and examples in different cities across the country, providing models to follow for local officials seeking to expand...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
This guide is intended to provide information and guidance for advocates and other stakeholders as they seek to increase investments in high quality preschool in their states. The benefits of attending a high-quality preschool program are well known, unfortunately access to these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) -
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The District of Columbia has provided funding for prekindergarten programs since the 1960s. The D.C. Public Pre-Kindergarten program as it now exists serves students in schools run through D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), community-based organizations (CBOs), and charter schools authorized...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of San Antonio
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Mayor Julian Castro convened a blue ribbon taskforce of Chief Executive Officers, Superintendents, and education professionals to identify the most effective method for improving the quality of education in San Antonio. The Brainpower Taskforce recommended the development of a program...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Heckman Equation
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
Those seeking to reduce deficits and strengthen the economy should make significant investments in early childhood education. Professor Heckman's ground-breaking work with a consortium of economists, psychologists, statisticians and neuroscientists shows that early childhood development...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State, School District, School Board
State(s) California
Source Learning Policy Institute
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
A contribution to a host of previous efforts to better understand the opportunities and academic outcomes of students experiencing homelessness. The report describes the population of students experiencing homelessness in California in 2018–19 and then, drawing on earlier data from...

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 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 2015
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Besides its educational and developmental benefits for children, pre-K also results in short-term and long-term savings for schools. Thanks to pre-K, Texas spent $127 million less on special education programs and nearly $15 million less because fewer kids were retained in the 2013-2014...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source ReadyNation
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Today more than ever, businesses need employees who are well prepared to succeed in a competitive economy. But the current workforce pipeline is not sufficient - not for businesses that need highly-skilled staff, not for young people who need good paying jobs, and not for the nation...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Collaboration For Early Childhood
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The Collaboration for Early Childhood is a model public/private partnership that leverages the resources of more than 40 local agencies to create a community-wide system of high-quality programs and services that foster physical, cognitive and social-emotional development during the...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Collaboration For Early Childhood
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
As part of the strategic planning process engaged in during 2008-2009, the Collaboration adopted benchmarks for the Oak Park Early Childhood System. The benchmarks were chosen because they are relevant, measurable and provide data that can be used and acted upon to further system...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Learning Policy Institute
Policy Areas Education
Early childhood assessments, when well designed and well implemented, can support developmentally appropriate learning by providing information to guide instruction and support children's development. As early childhood programs are becoming part of many state education systems, educators...

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 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 2011
Level School District, City or Town, County
State(s) Tennessee
Source Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Early child development and education programming have proven to be effective investments in both young children and the communities in which they live. An international body of research points to strong evidence that high-quality early child development and early education policies,...

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