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The Cost of Work-Family Policy Inaction

book_alt2 icon Report The lack of work-family policies in the United States costs working families billions of dollars in lost wages every year.

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Home Visiting 101

article icon Fact Sheet This fact sheet explains how evidence-based home visiting programs improve outcomes for at-risk children and families from the start.


Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth

book_alt2 icon Report To achieve economic security, middle-class Americans need policies that promote good jobs; a growing, inclusive economy; and affordable child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement.

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Achieving Middle-Class Economic Security Through Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth

article icon Fact Sheet Declining middle-class economic security is a policy choice. Here is a policy agenda for rebuilding it.


Black Families Work More, Earn Less, and Face Difficult Child Care Choices

While the child care crisis means all families have poor choices, African American families have even fewer options.

Dropping Out of the Workforce to Care for a Child Is Astonishingly Expensive

play_alt icon Video Watch this video from ThinkProgress to see how the child care crisis is affecting parents and learn how to calculate the hidden cost of a failed child care system for yourself.

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State Examples of the Hidden Cost of a Failing Child Care System

article icon Fact Sheet This fact sheet provides state-by-state examples of the financial cost of choosing between a career and full-time caregiving.

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Jumping Through Hoops and Set Up to Fail

book_alt2 icon Report Our child care assistance system is due for major reform. In this report, parents and providers make the case for rules and regulations that put children first and respect the real-life struggles of working parents.

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How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?

book_alt2 icon Report Achievement gaps based on race/ethnicity and income start early and persist over time. A national high-quality universal pre-K program could help ensure that all children start kindergarten on equal footing.

Infographic: Out of Reach: The Child Care Crisis in the United States

The high cost and potentially low quality of child care have made it out of reach for most families.

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Examining Quality Across the Preschool-to-Third-Grade Continuum

book_alt2 icon Report High-quality early childhood and elementary education form an important foundation for young children to be successful throughout school, but evidence suggests that children lack consistent access between preschool and third grade.

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