Quality of Early Care and Education

Family-friendly policy solutions should respect the inherent values and rights of parents, infants, toddlers, children through 5 years of age, and the early education field. When families with young children don’t have the right to choose high-quality care and education experiences, children’s developmental health suffers alongside families’ economic stability and U.S. economic prosperity. The Early Childhood Policy team promotes progressive policies and strategies that support infant and toddler well-being as well as high-quality child care and early childhood education in state and local communities.

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What Do Voters Want on Child Care Ahead of the 2020 Elections? Report
 (Children are dropped off at a day care in Queens, New York, during phase four of the city's reopening following the coronavirus pandemic, July 2020.)

What Do Voters Want on Child Care Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing challenges for many parents in finding and affording high quality child care. Subsequently, voters strongly support increased governmental steps to help parents care for their kids and continue to work.

John Halpin, Karl Agne, Nisha Jain

5 Facts To Know About Child Care in Rural America Article
A woman reads to children as she runs her at-home day care in Virginia, July 2012. (Getty/Jabin Botsford)

5 Facts To Know About Child Care in Rural America

Improved access to quality child care would support economic security in rural communities, which have unique child care needs.

Leila Schochet

Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go? Report
Understanding the true cost of high-quality child care is an important step in building support for a public investment in early childhood education. (Getty)

Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?

Understanding the true cost of high-quality child care is an important step in building support for a public investment in early childhood education.

Simon Workman

Quality 101: Identifying the Core Components of a High-Quality Early Childhood Program Report

Quality 101: Identifying the Core Components of a High-Quality Early Childhood Program

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.

Simon Workman, Rebecca Ullrich