The start of the 115th Congress presents an important opportunity to strengthen communities, expand employment, raise wages, and build the infrastructure that will power the U.S. economy in the 21st-century.
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States can use Medicaid funding to finance evidence-based home visiting programs. This checklist outlines key strategies for states to get started.
States have many opportunities to leverage Medicaid to expand home visiting.
CAP outlines 17 nonlegislative actions that state governors can take to support early learning.
The cost of quality child care is well-documented, but less attention is given to the persistent undersupply of child care centers.
This interactive map displays the locations of the nation’s child care deserts, which contain 42 percent of the children under age 5 across eight states.
Child care policies are finally getting the attention they deserve. It is critical to debunk misconceptions around child care as lawmakers consider a national policy solution.
The lack of work-family policies in the United States costs working families billions of dollars in lost wages every year.
This fact sheet explains how evidence-based home visiting programs improve outcomes for at-risk children and families from the start.
Declining middle-class economic security is a policy choice. Here is a policy agenda for rebuilding it.
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.
The early childhood workforce as a whole is grossly underpaid. New CAP analyses suggest that female African American teachers who work full time earn even less than their white counterparts.
While the child care crisis means all families have poor choices, African American families have even fewer options.
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.
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.