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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New Child Care Regulations Are a Step in the Right Direction

Recent updates to the child care subsidy system bring much-needed changes to health and safety standards.

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Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education

article icon Issue Brief If we value opportunity, equality, and fairness, we must do more to provide children and working parents with access to high-quality, affordable child care.

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The Importance of Early Childhood Programs for Women on the Brink

article icon Issue Brief Access to high-quality, affordable early childhood programs are rare for women living on the brink, but there are steps the federal government can take to improve access. The recent documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” highlights how these early childhood programs can support women in low-wage jobs.

Is a New Federal Early Learning Initiative Duplicative?

article icon Issue Brief The federal investment in early childhood education proposed in the Strong Start for America’s Children Act is not duplicative of existing federal and state programs, including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

What the House Budget Committee Report Got Right and Wrong About Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education programs provide a critical support for children and families but need more resources to improve access to quality programs.

Infographic: The School-Readiness Gap

This infographic details some of the ways that high-quality preschool can help low-income children as they get ready to enter school.

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