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Bipartisan Legislation in the 118th: Multiple Pieces to Tackling the Child Care Puzzle

November 29, 2023

Recognizing the tremendous needs of American children, working families, employers, and child care providers, Congress in recent years has taken an unprecedented interest in finding bipartisan solutions to challenges in …

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New Research: ARP Stabilization Dollars Were Critical For Our Nation’s Child Care

November 21, 2023

The Council of Economic Advisers recently released a working paper indicating that the $24 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) stabilization funds effectively increased access to affordable child care, stabilized …

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Funding for Key Early Learning Programs

November 20, 2023

Each year, Congress determines funding levels for all of the federal defense and non-defense discretionary programs, including those that support the care and education of children from birth through age …

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The First Five Things to Know About: Representative Joaquin Castro

November 15, 2023

As part of an ongoing series on the Bipartisan Child Care and PreK Caucus, First Five Years Fund is chatting with each of the co-chairs about their role as a …

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New Report shows Skyrocketing Cost of Child Care

November 14, 2023

A new report from Bank of America has found that parents’ average child care payments are up a whopping 32% from 2019 – higher than the rate of inflation. First …

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New Rural Child Care Policy Framework

November 4, 2023

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently released a Rural Child Care Policy Framework, which outlines core challenges families living in rural areas face when accessing child care, including a lack …

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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 …

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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 …

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Report: “The Next Generation of Head Start”

November 2, 2023

Recently, the Children’s Equity Project, in partnership with the Equity Research Action Coalition, and the Center on the Ecology of Early Development (CEED), released a report, “The Next Generation of Head …

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Early Childhood Education Apprenticeships: Overview

November 2, 2023

Early childhood education apprenticeship programs provide an accessible way for educators to acquire the knowledge and skills they need, along a pathway to the credential or degree needed to advance …

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New GAO Report Highlights IDEA Early Intervention Programs

October 27, 2023

The report identified various challenges, including varying eligibility criteria, staffing shortages, and limited data collection, and concluded with several recommendations for Congress. The first few years of life are critical …

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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 …

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