Don’t Miss Two New Reports from Center for American Progress’ Early Childhood Team
Today the Center for American Progress’ Early Childhood team released two products: a new interactive, “Data Dashboard: An Overview of Child Care and Early Learning in the United States,” and a report, “Early Childhood Education in the States: A Toolkit for State Policymakers.”
The Data Dashboard will allow users to explore trends in child care and early learning across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in addition to at the national level, with a number of indicators dating back to 2015.
Authors Allie Schneider and Hailey Gibbs developed a set of data indicators which explore the cost of child care; child care access and supply; wage and employment data of child care workers; and other key data. These data make it clear: high-quality child care and early learning opportunities are unaffordable and inaccessible for too many families across the country, with burdens falling disproportionately hard on already vulnerable low-income families. Explore the data for your state here.
Featuring data from the Data Dashboard, the Toolkit provides state-specific early childhood policy and program examples, messaging guidance, and extensive resources to help state policymakers build an effective case for increasing support for equitable, accessible child care and early learning opportunities.
Authors Anna Lovejoy and Hailey Gibbs illustrate the range of policy priorities that can be adopted at the state level and provide rich data and resources to help advocate for increased state investments in the early childhood system to benefit kids, families, and the economy.
Erin Grant (she/her)
Policy and Outreach Associate
Early Childhood Policy