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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 | Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

October 22, 2014

Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.

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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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Fact Sheet | State by State Fact Sheets: Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

December 8, 2014

The National Women's Law Center's 11th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia reveals that in 2014, families were worse off in 13 states than they were in 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies, but were better off in 33 states. These 51 fact sheets summarize the state-specific information in Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

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More Resources

Fact Sheet | State by State Fact Sheets: Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

December 08, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: Changes to Previous Law

November 21, 2014

Fact Sheet | Child Care and Development Block Grant: Cost Estimates for Reauthorization

November 19, 2014

Fact Sheet | A Women’s Economic Agenda Must Help Women and Families Succeed

November 07, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Increasing Investments in Early Learning for FY 2015

November 06, 2014