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The Center for American Progress’ Early Childhood Policy team is committed to creating and advancing progressive policies centering on bold, family-friendly solutions that equitably support all children, families, and early educators. Key components of the team’s work include building actionable, inclusive, and racially equitable policies that serve all families regardless of income, geographic location, ability, gender, or race; believing in and supporting the inherent value and rights of young children (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers); valuing the early childhood teaching profession by providing livable wages and additional workforce supports; and building new systems with equitable investments in families.
The True Cost of High-Quality Child Care Across the United States
Increased public investment in child care is needed to help families access high-quality, affordable child care that meets their needs.
By Simon Workman

Millions of Families Are Struggling to Address Child Care Disruptions
Growing the Economy Through Affordable Child Care
Optimizing Distribution of American Rescue Plan Funds To Stabilize Child Care
Building Back Better: Investing in Improving Schools, Creating Jobs, and Strengthening Families and Our Economy
These Interconnected Policies Would Sustain Families, Support Women, and Grow the Economy
By Arohi Pathak, Diana Boesch, and Laura Dallas McSorley
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CAP and Partner Organizations Launch State of Child Care Resource
State of Child Care
The U.S. Child Care Crisis Explained
By Erin Robinson and Darya Nicol
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CAP and ECE Organizing Network Launch Grassroots Movement for Child Care and Early Education Website
Movement for Child Care
Support Federal Child Care Funding!
An Expanded Child Tax Credit Would Lift Millions of Children Out of Poverty
By Galen Hendricks and Lorena Roque
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6 Ways To Ensure Preschool Contributes to an Equitable Early Childhood System
By Laura Dallas McSorley
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Saving Child Care Means Preserving Jobs and Supporting Working Families and Small Businesses
By Rasheed Malik
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The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty
By Areeba Haider
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Tell Congress: It’s Past Time to #SaveChildCare
By N'Namdi Washington and Darya Nicol
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State and Local Wins Illustrate National Demand for Early Learning Investments
By MK Falgout and Laura Dallas McSorley
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With Decreased Enrollment and Higher Operating Costs, Child Care Is Hit Hard Amid COVID-19
By Rasheed Malik
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How COVID-19 Sent Women’s Workforce Progress Backward
By Julie Kashen, Sarah Jane Glynn, and Amanda Novello
REPORT
6 State Strategies To Improve Child Care Policies During the Pandemic and Beyond
By Simon Workman and Katie Hamm
ISSUE BRIEF
‘We Need To Take Away Children’: Former Administration Officials Were ‘Driving Force’ Behind Family Separation Policy
By Jasmine Hardy, Erin Robinson, and Claudia Flores
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STATEMENT: CAP Founder John Podesta: Budget Outline, Build Back Better Agenda Will Bring Economic Growth That Benefits Everybody
EVENT ADVISORY: The Economics of Caregiving and What’s at Stake for Women in the Workforce
RELEASE: Roughly 10 Million Children Under the Age of 6 Would Be Eligible for Free or Reduced-Cost Care Under the Child Care for Working Families Act
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