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Fact Sheet | In the Margins: State Child Care Assistance Policies on Provider Reimbursement

March 25, 2014

This brief presents information on the wide range of approaches states take on these critical aspects of their child care assistance programs.

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Fact Sheet | Governors’ 2014 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education

March 28, 2014

A total of 22 governors (12 Democrats and 10 Republicans), as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia, have referenced early care and education in their 2014 State of the State addresses thus far. The focus on this important issue reflects a recognition that early care and education helps children succeed in school and in life, enables parents to work, and strengthens states’ economies now and in the future.

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Fact Sheet | Opportunities for Progress on Infant and Toddler Care: New and Proposed Federal Initiatives

April 9, 2014

This fact sheet summarizes new and proposed federal policies and initiatives that can support and improve early care and education for infants and toddlers. These initiatives are important given how critical the earliest years are to young children’s development and future success.

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Reports & Toolkits | Getting Organized: Unionizing Home-Based Child Care Providers - 2013 Update

March 11, 2014

In February 2007, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) published Getting Organized: Unionizing Home-Based Child Care Providers. That report focused on the growing movement to authorize home-based child care providers—both regulated family child care (FCC) providers and "family, friend, and neighbor” (FFN) care providers who are exempt from regulation but receive public funds—to join unions and negotiate with the state for better compensation and working conditions. This 2013 Update reports on legal developments between early 2010 and October 2013 that expanded—or limited—authority for home-based child care providers to organize and negotiate with the state.

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Reports & Toolkits | Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013

October 23, 2013

The National Women's Law Center's 10th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia reveals that families were better off in 27 states than they were in 2012 under one or more child care assistance policies, while families were worse off in 24 states than they were in 2012 under one or more child care assistance policies.

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Fact Sheet | Gaps in Support for Early Care and Education

April 8, 2014

High-quality child care and early education is essential to enable parents to get and keep a job and to give children a strong start toward success in school and life.  Yet many families—particularly low-income families—lack access to the high-quality child care and early education that parents need to work and children need to grow and thrive. 

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More Resources

| Two New Polls Show Continued Strong Support for Pre-K

April 18, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | Testimony from Senate HELP Committee Hearing, "Expanding Access to Quality Early Learning: the Strong Start for America’s Children Act"

April 14, 2014

Fact Sheet | Opportunities for Progress on Infant and Toddler Care: New and Proposed Federal Initiatives

April 09, 2014

Fact Sheet | Gaps in Support for Early Care and Education

April 08, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Early Childhood Funding for FY 2015 Appropriations

April 07, 2014