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In America, only 1 in 7 eligible children actually receive subsidies to cover child care costs, and half of all Americans live in neighborhoods classified as child care deserts—areas with little to no access to quality care. Without congressionally funded access to affordable, high-quality child care, families, children, and early educators face the consequences of high costs of care and low wages. This is why the Early Childhood Policy team develops and promotes bold policy solutions to the child care crisis that will expand access and affordability, bringing an inclusive and racially equitable vision to life for all children and families.
Acting Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy
Senior Policy Analyst
Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy
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Amid a tight labor market and lack of sustainable funding, the child care sector’s shortage of good jobs persists, exacerbating its challenge to attract and retain workers.
Oct 19, 2023
Rose Khattar, Maureen Coffey
Jul 19, 2023
The past decade of child care legislation illustrates an increase in bipartisan action on the child care crisis and highlights the need for Congress to enact legislation to support a federally funded comprehensive child care system.
Jun 21, 2023
Allie Schneider, Erin Grant, Shira Davidson
The Child Care for Working Families Act aims to expand access to and lower the cost of care for families, support child care workers, and address racial and gender disparities in the child care system.
May 1, 2023
the CAP Early Childhood Policy Team
To improve recruitment, training, and retention in the construction industry, states should utilize infrastructure funds to address workers’ child care needs.
Mar 29, 2023
Marina Zhavoronkova, Maureen Coffey
Governors must take the lead in instituting policies that fairly compensate early childhood providers for the skilled work they perform, incentivize the creation of programs in child care deserts, and relieve families of the high cost of care.
Feb 23, 2023
The reauthorization and expansion of a key home visiting program could support better outcomes for Indigenous parents and young children.
Dec 8, 2022
Stephanie Haddad, Hailey Gibbs
Social determinants of health, such as access to secure housing, family employment and economic stability, education, and child care, must be the focus of federal policies to support infant and toddler health.
Dec 7, 2022
Allie Schneider, Hailey Gibbs
Child care often is treated like a private family issue, but lack of access has cascading negative impacts on child care providers, small-business owners, and broader communities.
Aug 31, 2022
Hailey Gibbs, Ala Al Sadi, Hai-Lam Phan, 3 More
Andrew Sonntag, Toni Pandolfo, James Mertz
With additional funding, an existing federal subsidy program could forestall closures and supply losses in the child care sector until policymakers secure meaningful investments.
Aug 23, 2022
Rasheed Malik testified before the House Budget Committee on July 20, 2022, on the importance of investing in early childhood programs.
Aug 10, 2022
This CAP Action storybook features women in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire whose stories center on issues from prescription drug pricing and health insurance, to child care and paid leave.
Jul 27, 2022
the Center for American Progress Action Fund
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