Early Learning in the United States
Fact Sheet Because high-quality child care and preschool prepare children for school and enable parents to work, they are necessities for children, families, and the economy, and state and federal policymakers must work to improve the U.S. early learning landscape.
Dropping Out of the Workforce to Care for a Child Is Astonishingly Expensive
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.
State Examples of the Hidden Cost of a Failing Child Care System
Fact Sheet This fact sheet provides state-by-state examples of the financial cost of choosing between a career and full-time caregiving.
Calculating the Hidden Cost of Interrupting a Career for Child Care
Issue Brief The how and why behind CAP’s child care cost calculator, which helps determine the financial cost of choosing between full-time work and full-time care.
Jumping Through Hoops and Set Up to Fail
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.
How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?
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.
Examining Quality Across the Preschool-to-Third-Grade Continuum
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.
Examining Teacher Effectiveness Between Preschool and Third Grade
Report Teachers play a crucial role in fostering children’s success in school. Policymakers must consider ways to support and prepare high-quality teachers while aligning expectation and opportunities for teachers between preschool and third grade.
A Different Way of Doing Business
Issue Brief States and districts across the country are making an effort to align policy and practice from pre-kindergarten to third grade, with the hope of closing achievement gaps and ensuring success for all children.
Developing a High-Quality Early Learning Continuum
Issue Brief As the 18-month grace period for formal monitoring of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships comes to an end, it is important to consider next steps that will allow them to continue to effectively collaborate and coordinate programs.
Creating Effective Transitions
Issue Brief As the need for program alignment between preschool and kindergarten becomes more of a priority, federal, state, and local policymakers can look to Head Start’s current transition partnerships as a guide.
It’s Time to Put High-Quality Child Care and Pre-K Within Reach
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.
Paying It Forward
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
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.