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Early Childhood

It’s Time to Put High-Quality Child Care and Pre-K Within Reach

play_alt icon Video Early education prepares children for school and strengthens the economy. But low quality and skyrocketing costs are putting child care and preschool out of reach for millions of hard-working Americans.

Mother and child

Paying It Forward

book_alt2 icon Report Creating a new Medicaid benefit for evidence-based home visiting services would simplify funding and allow states and communities to scale services, improve outcomes for families, and produce significant savings for states and the federal government.


Fostering School Success with Standards for Nonacademic Skills

book_alt2 icon Report States around the country are establishing continuity across the standards that scaffold a child’s early learning experience and K-12 school career, which could improve school readiness and set more children on the path to academic success.

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Point of Entry

book_alt2 icon Report The disciplinary use of suspension and expulsion for the nation’s youngest students—particularly African American students—has long-term damaging effects on children, as well as society as a whole.

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How a High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit Would Benefit Millennial Families

article icon Issue Brief The High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit offers a new opportunity to increase child care options while maintaining affordability for the families who need it most—including Millennial parents.

Young students

A New Vision for Child Care in the United States

book_alt2 icon Report Many families struggle to afford high-quality child care. By creating a new High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit, we can help families work and prepare children for school.

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How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education

book_alt2 icon Report Giving child care programs the ability to provide children three healthy meals per day through a reformed and expanded CACFP program would go a long way toward supporting children’s growth and development.

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Emerging State and Community Strategies to Improve Infant and Toddler Services

book_alt2 icon Report States and communities are working to align the myriad services that support all aspects of critical healthy infant and toddler development from birth to age 5.

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Profiles: The State of Early Childhood Programs

article icon Fact Sheet Despite efforts to promote early childhood education, states must make additional investments in early childhood programs in order to increase accessibility and improve or maintain quality.

A doctor examines a child.

Profiles: State and Tribal Grantees’ Innovation and Success in Implementing Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

article icon Fact Sheet The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV, program provides critical support to high-risk children and families across the country by allowing states and tribal grantees to expand and improve evidence-based home visiting services.

baby mother home visit

An Investment in Our Future

book_alt2 icon Report The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program provides critical support to high-risk children and families across the country by allowing state and tribal grantees to expand and improve evidence-based home visiting services.

father and daughter

Valuing All Our Families

book_alt2 icon Report Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children.

child and preschool teacher play

Why We Need a Federal Preschool Investment in 6 Charts

bars icon Charts Many children currently lack access to high-quality preschool, missing an opportunity to narrow the school-readiness gap and improve children’s lives over the long-term.

playing with toddlers

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.


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.

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