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Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs

book_alt2 icon Report Investments in infants and toddlers—the most racially and ethnically diverse group in U.S. history—are a down payment on a brighter future for us all.

By Maryam Adamu, Katie Hamm, Tim Vance, and Farah Z. Ahmad | Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The Middle-Class Squeeze

book_alt2 icon Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

By Jennifer Erickson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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New Child Care Regulations Are a Step in the Right Direction

Recent updates to the child care subsidy system bring much-needed changes to health and safety standards.

By Maryam Adamu | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education

article icon Issue Brief If we value opportunity, equality, and fairness, we must do more to provide children and working parents with access to high-quality, affordable child care.

By Emily Baxter, with Katie Hamm | Thursday, April 17, 2014

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The Importance of Early Childhood Programs for Women on the Brink

article icon Issue Brief Access to high-quality, affordable early childhood programs are rare for women living on the brink, but there are steps the federal government can take to improve access. The recent documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” highlights how these early childhood programs can support women in low-wage jobs.

By Katie Hamm | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Is a New Federal Early Learning Initiative Duplicative?

article icon Issue Brief The federal investment in early childhood education proposed in the Strong Start for America’s Children Act is not duplicative of existing federal and state programs, including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

By Katie Hamm and Erika Basurto | Thursday, March 27, 2014

What the House Budget Committee Report Got Right and Wrong About Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education programs provide a critical support for children and families but need more resources to improve access to quality programs.

By Katie Hamm | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Infographic: The School-Readiness Gap

This infographic details some of the ways that high-quality preschool can help low-income children as they get ready to enter school.

By the CAP Early Childhood Policy Team | Thursday, November 21, 2013

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The School-Readiness Gap and Preschool Benefits for Children of Color

article icon Issue Brief Laying the groundwork for America’s future success and broadly shared prosperity means investing in our growing communities of color today.

By Farah Z. Ahmad and Katie Hamm | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Who’s Not Going Back to School?

article icon Issue Brief Sequestration cuts to Head Start and other programs hurt America’s economy and American workers in the short term, and America’s global competitiveness and American children’s futures in the long term.

By Katie Hamm | Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The Top 10 Myths About Preschool

article icon Issue Brief Because high-quality preschool is exceptionally important to the future strength of our nation, it is imperative that we get the facts straight.

By Katie Hamm and Juliana Herman | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Importance of Preschool and Child Care for Working Mothers

article icon Issue Brief Early childhood education cultivates a future workforce, secures long-term economic competitiveness, and develops our nation’s future leaders. Universal high-quality pre-K and child care will also help families across America that are struggling with costly child care bills, missing work to provide care, or sending their children to low-quality care centers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn, Jane Farrell, and Nancy Wu | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The United States Is Far Behind Other Countries on Pre-K

article icon Issue Brief Increased investments in high-quality preschool education for all children, regardless of income, will put us more in line with the rest of the world and ensure school readiness for our most at-risk children.

By Juliana Herman, Sasha Post, and Scott O'Halloran | Thursday, May 2, 2013

Interactive Map: The United States Is Getting Beat on Preschool

map icon Map If we are to stay competitive in the global economy, we need to ensure all our children are ready for school.

By Juliana Herman, Sasha Post, and Scott O'Halloran | Thursday, May 2, 2013

Infographic: We’re Getting Beat on Preschool

Early education in the United States seriously lags behind programs in other nations. The United States must increase investment in early education to improve the accessibility and quality of our preschools.

By Juliana Herman, Sasha Post, and Scott O'Halloran | Thursday, May 2, 2013

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