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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies, School District, State
State(s) All States, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont
Source PDG TA Center
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Partnerships between Head Start and state preschool programs can improve quality, expand access, and provide more options for families by leveraging the resources and expertise of both programs. This brief presents lessons from four Preschool Development Grant (PDG) states - Maine,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source First Five Years Fund
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research recently completed a survey of 800 voters throughout the United States. It revealed overwhelming support for ensuring that children gain the knowledge and skills necessary to start kindergarten off on the...

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 Ordinance or Resolution
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 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 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source ReadyNation
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The foundation for success starts in the earliest years of children's lives, when they begin to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to do well in school and beyond. To fix our failing workforce pipeline, we need to help our children get the good start in life that...

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 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 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 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 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Berkeley
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
2020 Vision is a citywide movement to ensure academic success and well-being for all children and youth growing up in Berkeley. Its goal is to close the achievement gap in Berkeley's public schools by working with the schools, city departments, community organizations and families....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Education
Michigan students are increasingly diverse but their teachers are not. Access to high-quality education and care is also limited to children of color. They are more likely to change schools and have absences, and hence may cause cumulative educational inequities. Policy recommendations...

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 2020
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Black children experience unequal treatment beginning at an early age, which contributes to inequalities in learning and development. By the time they enter kindergarten, Black children are on average nearly nine months behind in math and almost seven months behind in reading compared...

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 2023
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Early childhood care and education are critically underfunded, driving teachers from the field and forcing parents out of the workforce due to insufficient childcare options. This crisis necessitates sustained, large-scale public investment in the early childhood care system, including...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, California
Source Center for Cities and Schools
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Environment & Natural Resources
Brain development in children under the age of 5 is highly susceptible to environmental stressors like high temperatures and poor air quality. As climate change worsen, early care and education (ECE) facilities must be equipped to addrss this issue. This report outlines six actions...

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 2017
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Washington
Source Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education
Quality preschool and early intervention programs have shown short- and long-term benefits, including improved reading and math skills, better high school graduation rates, and reduced crime and teen pregnancy rates. Investing in early learning programs saves money in academic and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State, School District
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Head Start and Early Head Start are some of America's most effective federal programs for meaningfully improving school readiness and building a solid foundation for children's future success. However, there are persistent challenges in creating equitable access and quality nationwide....

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, Children & Families
This report analyzes the relationship between improvements in children's early health, achievement, behavior, and home environments, and labor market outcomes when they become adults. Results suggest that investments in early childhood that improve these aspects of development can...

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,...

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