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Abbie Lieberman


Annual Roadmap Highlights State Policies to Support Infants & Toddlers

November 3, 2023

The first three years of children’s lives are a critical period for their development. State policy choices that impact young children and their families during pregnancy and these early years …


The Crucial Role of Early Educators and the Need for Increased Compensation

November 3, 2023

Early educators are underpaid and undervalued for the challenging and important work they do. When determining what factors make an early care and education (ECE) program high quality, it’s the …


New Resource Highlights Innovations to Strengthen ECE Facility Infrastructure

October 26, 2023

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently released a report, From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities, that demonstrates the ways states, localities, and tribes can invest …


The Multiple Benefits of Cost Models for Child Care

September 15, 2023

In the early care and education (ECE) policy space, we most often hear the term “cost model” associated with states determining provider reimbursement rates for Child Care and Development Block …


The Promise of Apprenticeships to Strengthen the Child Care Workforce

September 6, 2023

Quality child care and early learning opportunities for young children depend on a well-qualified early care and education (ECE) workforce. The ECE workforce has long been plagued by high turnover, …


Lack of Access to Child Care Impacts Child Well-Being

August 8, 2023

Earlier this summer, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released their annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which has been measuring child well-being at the state level since 1990. The report ranks …


Brief: Improve Child Care Access within the Parameters of Existing Policies

July 25, 2023

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides subsidies to working families with low incomes to help them access quality child care and supports states in improving program quality. The …


FFYF Submits Feedback on 21st Century Community Learning Centers Guidance

June 22, 2023

Last week, FFYF submitted feedback on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) draft non-regulatory guidance for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). 21st CCLC grants …


Department of Education Calls for Applications for FY2023 CCAMPIS Awards

June 12, 2023

Last week, the Department of Education (ED) released a Federal Register Notice inviting applications for new awards for FY2023 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. …


Understanding Parents’ Complex Child Care Choices — or Lack Thereof

May 19, 2023

Parental choice is a fundamental value of our child care system. While all parents want their young children cared for in a safe and warm environment, they have varied needs …


GAO Report: Federal Child Care Subsidies Reach Fraction of Eligible Kids

April 6, 2023

Last week, GAO published a new report on the state of federal child care subsidies. Using FY 2019 data as well as recently conducted interviews with state administrators and child …


Inequitable Infant and Toddler Discipline Practices and the Need for Better Data

March 24, 2023

Conversations around child care accessibility usually focus on program cost and availability—Is a family able to find a program within their budget? Are the location and hours convenient? How long …

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