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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 2016
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
In 2015 OpportunityTexas launched Dollars for College, a program that introduced an in-school Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) for College program to Texas schools. CSAs for College are long-term savings accounts set up for young children and often paired with financial education....

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 Ordinance
Year 2011
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) California
Source Berkeley Unified School District
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
This resolution states that the Berkeley School Board will work together with the Berkeley City Council, United in Action, and the community to achieve the "2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth." This vision outlines that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity and income,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Safety
For the past eight years, UC Berkeley's Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) has engaged in action-oriented research focused on the challenges and promise of integrated and inclusive planning practices and policies. The Center has learned by doing that overcoming a century of siloed...

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 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) California
Source City Of Berkeley
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This City's 2020 Vision plan is to provide all Berkeley children with equitable education outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity, or income by 2020. This report summerizes highlights of the program for the 2011-2012 school year....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
This fact sheet outlines the impacts of canceling student debt on borrowers' lives and the state of the economy as a whole. Benefits include making homeownership more feasible, increasing borrower's freedom and mobility, reducing unemployment, boosting entrepreneurship, and more....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are tasked with providing a quality education to their students, along with ensuring their safety and welfare, regardless if classes are being held in-person or virtually. Additionally, schools must adjust to the economic ramifications brought...

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 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 2011
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Parents, teachers, and civic and educational leaders intuitively understand that high-quality educational opportunities for young people are essential to community health and economic vitality. Educational opportunity is the wellspring of individual, regional, and national progress....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
This fact sheet outlines the impacts of canceling student debt on racial and economic inequality. In particular, it explains how a substantial student debt cancellation plan could be a powerful tool to grow the Black middle class and address the racial wealth gap....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level School District, City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Education, Community Development, Public Spaces
In this paper, the 21st Century School Fund and the Center for Cities and Schools at the University of California Berkeley provide a conceptual frame for the joint use of PK-12 public schools. There is a growing conversation about and demand for joint use as a way to provide services...

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 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,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Texas
Source ReadyNation
Policy Areas Education
By 2026, Texas aims to equip 60 percent of 25–34-year-olds with a high-quality degree or credential. Today, however, only 43.6 percent of residents are equipped with such a credential. High-quality programs at the secondary level help equip today’s students with the skills and experiences...

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 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 2019
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
State policymakers consistently neglect adequately funding adult education, making it less accessible for low-skilled workers who want to build their skills, become financially self-sufficient and contribute to Michigan’s economy. Adult education is the key to preparing these workers...

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 2013
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
This report presents findings from the Child Support for College (CS4C) pilot program, a public-private collaboration to promote college attendance and financial literacy among those in the Texas child support system. In particular, the program encourages college savings by providing...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source The Sallie Mae Fund
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Designed to promote savings and economic mobility, Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) are universal, longterm, asset-building accounts established for children with public seed money and that grow over time with additional deposits and earnings. San Francisco's Kindergarten to College...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level School District, City or Town
State(s) California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Based on a review of the most advanced city efforts to align education for young children from birth through third grade, the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) identified 10 common elements of effective systems alignment. This...

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