A significant federal investment in child care is urgently needed to make child care more affordable for and accessible to families, promote healthy development in young children, and create well-paying jobs in the growing care industry.
CAP’s geographic study of child care markets finds that approximately half of Americans across 22 states live in areas with an undersupply of child care options.
By preparing children for school and enabling parents to work, high-quality child care and preschool are a necessity for children, families, and the economy. These fact sheets explore the status of early learning programs in states and the need for state investment in these programs.
Quality rating and improvement systems offer a promising framework to increase access to high-quality early learning for all children.
Quality rating and improvement systems offer a promising framework for improving the quality of early childhood programs.
Capping federal funding for Medicaid would make it harder for children with disabilities and their families to access the supports and services they need to thrive.
A CAP toolkit provides resources for state and local officials to create policies that increase access and affordability of high-quality child care.
Research finds that implicit bias begins in preschool and may explain disproportionate suspension rates for African American boys.
There is a critical need to better understand the components of high-quality early childhood education programs to ensure policy solutions adequately support and promote access to quality for all families.
Comprehensive federal policies can help states ensure that members of the early childhood workforce have adequate compensation, benefits, and support for their professional growth.
Trump’s pattern of racist rhetoric may have a profound impact on children’s development.
CAP outlines 17 nonlegislative actions that state governors can take to support early learning.
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.
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.
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.