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Child care is a basic that helps families get ahead by giving parents the support and peace of mind they need to be productive at work and children the boost they need to succeed in school. To help increase families' access to affordable, high-quality care, we have worked with a coalition of national and state organizations to develop a blueprint for the future of child care. More resources specifically focused on child care for women in low-wage jobs can be found on our Women in Low-Wage Jobs page.

Frequently requested child care reports: see Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013 and State by State Fact Sheets: Child Care Assistance Policies 2013.

Highlights

Reports & Toolkits | Listening to Workers: Child Care Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs

June 20, 2014

This report examines the nexus between difficult working conditions in low-wage jobs and the challenges of obtaining high-quality, affordable, stable child care. 

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Issue Briefs | Nearly One in Five Working Mothers of Very Young Children Work in Low-Wage Jobs

April 30, 2014

A new National Women’s Law Center analysis of state and national data shows examines the particular challenges that parents working low-wage jobs face caring for their children, including affording quality child care.

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Issue Briefs | Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences

April 17, 2014

A new issue brief from the National Women’s Law Center, “Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences” describes the range of difficult work schedules facing workers in low-wage jobs—lack of control over the timing of work hours, schedules that are assigned at the last minute, hours that fluctuate radically from week to week or month to month, involuntary part-time work, and nonstandard schedules. The issue brief explains the extent of these problems and their particular impact on women, who make up the majority of low-wage workers and also shoulder a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. The issue brief also documents the fallout from challenging work schedules for workers and their families.

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Issue Briefs | 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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More Resources

Fact Sheet | Ensuring Women Thrive at Work Creates Economic Prosperity for All

June 25, 2014

Reports & Toolkits | Listening to Workers: Child Care Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs

June 20, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Strong Start for America’s Children Act: Summary

May 27, 2014

Issue Briefs | Governors’ 2014 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education

May 07, 2014

Issue Briefs | Nearly One in Five Working Mothers of Very Young Children Work in Low-Wage Jobs

April 30, 2014