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Child care and early education are part of the country’s infrastructure and an economic investment. When Congress neglects to robustly fund child care and early education, it negatively affects parents’ workforce participation, families’ economic security, and U.S. economic prosperity. The Early Childhood Policy team believes in policymakers’ responsibility to establish comprehensive solutions that invest in all families.
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While avoiding a federal government shutdown is important, the chaos of constant shutdown threats; uncertainties about funding; and patchwork continuing resolutions are still detrimental for the government’s ability to provide services and the health of American democracy.
Feb 28, 2024
Lily Roberts, Greta Bedekovics
Federal COVID-19 relief funding for child care stabilization grants ended in September 2023, but a number of states have stepped up this year to address the child care needs of working families.
Feb 21, 2024
Decades of problems with distribution, debt, and enforcement have undermined the child support program’s ability to serve low-income families.
Feb 1, 2024
This fact sheet provides an overview of opportunities to expand unpaid family and medical leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Jan 17, 2024
Molly Weston Williamson
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Colorado on January 1, 2024.
Dec 13, 2023
Juan Avila, chief operating officer at Garden Pathways, recounts the impact mentoring made on the life of one participant in a life-or-death situation.
Dec 12, 2023
Nick Wilson, Chandler Hall, Matthew Gossage, 5 More
Hai-Lam Phan, Madalyn Reagan, Ronnie Rivera, Ashley Joo, Ala Al Sadi
The labor market recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic recession was much faster and equitable than recoveries following the most recent recessions.
Nov 2, 2023
Rose Khattar, Lily Roberts
Join the Center for American Progress as we celebrate 20 years of innovative policy solutions and look boldly forward to a progressive future.
Oct 25, 2023
New data show that in 2022, women working full time, year-round typically earned 84 cents for every dollar men made, and when comparing among all workers, including those who work part time and for part of the year, women typically made 78 cents.
Sep 20, 2023
To continue growing the middle class, Congress and the Biden administration should learn from what worked in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession that led to extraordinarily low poverty rates.
Sep 12, 2023
The Healthy Families Act would finally guarantee paid sick leave for employees in the United States, bolstering public health and the U.S. economy.
Sep 5, 2023
By making it easier for more people to enter and stay in work, policymakers can help ease inflationary pressures over the medium term and grow the middle class.
Aug 30, 2023
Rose Khattar, Christian E. Weller, David Correa
The Center for American Progress submitted comments in response to the FHFA’s request for input on the Enterprises’ single-family pricing framework.
Aug 23, 2023
The 2021 increase in the Thrifty Food Plan was a much-needed and long-overdue reform that better reflects families’ nutritional needs and modern grocery store costs.
Anona Neal, Kyle Ross
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Oregon on September 3, 2023.
Aug 22, 2023
This issue brief explains the availability of state paid family and medical leave programs for self-employed workers in the United States.
Aug 10, 2023
Congressional leaders recently reintroduced the leading national paid family and medical leave bill, including key updates and improvements.
Jul 12, 2023
New legislation in Maine will guarantee paid family and medical leave to nearly all workers, starting in May 2026.
Jul 11, 2023
New research underscores the value of connecting policy priorities to how they will help grow the middle class in America.
Jul 6, 2023
Policymaking that considers the unique developmental needs of young children, as well as their lived experiences and that of their families, can set the foundation for health and well-being throughout life.
Jun 29, 2023
Hailey Gibbs, Allie Schneider
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.
Allie Schneider, Hailey Gibbs
New analysis by the Center for American Progress shows that working women have cumulatively lost $61 trillion in wages since 1967.
Jun 8, 2023
Rose Khattar, Sara Estep
Congressional leaders have reintroduced the FAMILY Act, which would provide paid family and medical leave to workers across the country.
May 31, 2023
This article details six foundational principles for providing inclusive and high-quality birth control and family planning care to all people.
May 22, 2023
Kierra B. Jones
We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.
Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans benefit from growth.
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