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Hailey Gibbs is a senior policy analyst for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on the social and economic benefits of investing in early child care and education; promoting equity through child care access and infrastructure; and best practices in supporting children’s learning for the 21st century. She has written for Medium and The Conversation and has contributed to the Brookings Institution’s Education Plus Development blog. She has also published in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Cognitive Development, and Child Development.

Prior to joining American Progress, Gibbs worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Temple University Infant and Child Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, on projects focused on expanding equity-based, culturally relevant learning opportunities in public spaces through the Playful Learning Landscapes initiative. Gibbs earned a degree in psychology from Salisbury University and a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland.

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Executive Summary: How Federal Investments in Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure Are Improving Public Health Fact Sheet
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Executive Summary: How Federal Investments in Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure Are Improving Public Health

This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report highlighting the use of federal investments from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to replace dangerous lead service lines and advance public health among vulnerable communities.

Data Dashboard: An Overview of Child Care and Early Learning in the United States Report
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Data Dashboard: An Overview of Child Care and Early Learning in the United States

The Center for American Progress has developed a data dashboard that allows users to explore national- and state-level data trends on a range of child care and early learning topics, including access to affordable care, the child care workforce, Head Start, and exclusionary discipline policies.

CAP Comments on the EPA’s Proposed Rule on Lead Dust Levels in Child-Occupied Facilities Article

CAP Comments on the EPA’s Proposed Rule on Lead Dust Levels in Child-Occupied Facilities

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the agency’s proposed lower lead dust hazard standards and clearance levels for child-occupied homes and child care facilities.

Strengthening Early Childhood Health, Housing, Education, and Economic Well-Being Through Holistic Public Policy Report
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Strengthening Early Childhood Health, Housing, Education, and Economic Well-Being Through Holistic Public Policy

The preschool years present a critical developmental period sensitive to changes in public health and social policy, for which robust investments in programs that support families can improve intergenerational outcomes.

CAP’s Comments on FDA Draft Guidance for Lead Levels in Foods Marketed to Babies and Young Children Article

CAP’s Comments on FDA Draft Guidance for Lead Levels in Foods Marketed to Babies and Young Children

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to the agency’s proposed draft guidance intended to reduce lead in foods marketed for infants and young children.

Increasing America’s Child Care Supply Report
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Increasing America’s Child Care Supply

With additional funding, an existing federal subsidy program could forestall closures and supply losses in the child care sector until policymakers secure meaningful investments.

Hailey Gibbs

A Strong Start in Life: How Public Health Policies Affect the Well-Being of Pregnancies and Families Report
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A Strong Start in Life: How Public Health Policies Affect the Well-Being of Pregnancies and Families

Understanding how the key social determinants of health—including housing, employment, and education—affect perinatal health is critical to ensuring that federal policies support healthy babies and families.

Hailey Gibbs, Marquisha Johns, Osub Ahmed, 2 More Maggie Jo Buchanan, Arohi Pathak

Addressing the Nation’s Infant Formula Crisis Report
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Addressing the Nation’s Infant Formula Crisis

Congress must act now to resolve the nation’s infant and specialty formula crisis by addressing supplies, cost, and accessibility and then take steps to prevent future shortages.

Arohi Pathak, Hailey Gibbs

We can’t afford not to fix child care In the News

We can’t afford not to fix child care

Hailey Gibbs and Maureen Coffey make the economic case for a comprehensive federal child care package.

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Hailey Gibbs, Maureen Coffey

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