CAP’s Education Department aims to change America’s approach to early childhood, K-12 education, higher education, and lifelong learning by ensuring equitable access to resources, developing community-centered policies, and promoting the ability to participate fully in an inclusive economy built on a strong democracy.

Students walk to their classrooms at a public middle school in Los Angeles, California, September 10, 2021. (Getty/Robyn Beck/AFP)

What We're Doing

Modernize and elevate the teaching profession

CAP has identified a series of proposals, including a grant program that would increase recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators in schools with the highest teacher turnover, helping ensure equitable access to great teaching in school districts across the country.

Provide access to quality, affordable child care

CAP has helped shape key child care and preschool policy proposals, many of which are included in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda, and furthered the understanding of child care research, including cost of care, child care deserts, family spending, and workforce participation.

Promote investments in higher education

CAP has advocated for investments in higher education, including better supporting community college and part-time students, boosting the Pell Grant for low-income students, investing in minority-serving institutions, and recognizing the importance of robust student advising and wraparound supports.

Featured work


A Roadmap for Reparations in Education In the News

A Roadmap for Reparations in Education

Khalilah Harris provides a roadmap for civic and political leaders to begin addressing the legacy of institutional racism in education in the United States.

Khalilah M. Harris

A call on Congress to invest more in education R&D In the News

A call on Congress to invest more in education R&D

Neil Campbell and Abby Quirk argue that robust research and development infrastructure is necessary in efforts to rebuild the U.S. K-12 education system following the coronavirus pandemic.

Neil Campbell, Abby Quirk

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