Five policy proposals to help time-squeezed parents

In an August article, Brookings researchers outline a variety of policy options to better support working parents and other caregivers. To reduce the “timesqueeze,” authors suggest providing workers a minimum of 20 days of paid leave for any reason. This time could be used to meet caregiving demands or for selfcare. As workers tend to… Read more »

Supporting immigrant children and families is critical in rebuilding the child care system and overall economy

CLASP recently published a brief outlining how immigrant providers and families can utilize the two child care funding streams made available in the American Rescue Plan Act: $24 billion in stabilization grants and another $15 billion for child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Because immigrant families are a significant… Read more »

Findings from a partnership to support Detroit’s informal child care providers

A new brief from Mathematica details findings from their recent partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and three community serving organizations in Detroit. As part of the Foundation’s work to increase access to ECE among Detroit families, this partnership offered child development knowledge and skills programming to 70 informal child care providers in Detroit (all… Read more »

Supporting the ECE workforce through COVID-19 relief mechanisms

The COVID-19 pandemic’s dramatic impact on the Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce and subsequent funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act have created an opportunity to build ECE workforce capacity and create evidence-based improvements to the system. The Urban Institute’s Young Scholars program identified several opportunities within the ECE system, including recognizing the… Read more »

Illinois announces $200 Million investment for early childhood workers

Illinois recently passed into law HB 2878, which uses $200 million in federal funds to provide training, mentorship programs, and scholarships for child care workers to pursue further education over the next two years. The bill also establishes a statewide early childhood education consortium to improve access and direct funding. #covid-19 #childcare #workforce #racialequity

Reducing the Black-white racial wealth gap will require dedicated and comprehensive policy solutions

A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress examines the Black/white wealth gap and summarizes a set of proposals and policy actions to address the gap. Some recommendations include allowing the U.S. Postal Service to conduct banking services to increase community access; investing in research and development opportunities for Black innovators and inventors;… Read more »

How to stabilize infant and toddler care with pandemic relief funds

A new fieldnote published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston describes possibilities for using funds from the Child Care Stabilization portion of the American Rescue Plan Act to stabilize infant and toddler care. One option includes issuing grants to child care providers that could subsidize the operational cost of infant/toddler care to align the… Read more »

California child care workers union enters contract

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ratified a contract with Child Care Providers United, a first-of-its-kind child care labor union covering 40,000 California child care providers—largely women and often women of color—who provide subsidized child care across the state. The union is working to advocate for higher subsidy rates, more and better training, and a higher… Read more »

Subsidizing child care costs would reduce poverty and enhance equity among New England families

New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Carsey School of Public Policy explores how proposed policies to cap child care expenses based on family income would affect poverty rates among New England families. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, the brief finds that such a policy could reduce poverty among New Englanders… Read more »

Substantial potential demand for nontraditional-hour child care in Maine

To estimate the potential demand for child care at nontraditional times—early morning, nights, and weekends—researchers at the Urban Institute compare the share of young children with parents working nontraditional schedules across states by using both the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2016 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Authors also compared each… Read more »