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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. We also have resources on specific child care topics, including: child care assistance, child care tax strategies, child care unionization, family, friend and neighbor care, and the U.S. military child care system.

Frequently requested child care reports: see State Child Care Assistance Policies 2011: Reduced Support for Families in Challenging Times and State by State Fact Sheets: Child Care Assistance Policies 2011.

Highlights

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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Fact Sheet | President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget: Early Learning Proposals

March 21, 2014

The following document details the proposal in President Obama's FT 2015 budget that encompass Child Care and Early Learning.

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Fact Sheet | Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Summary

March 5, 2014

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (S. 1086) would reauthorize the primary federal child care program for the first time since 1996. The legislation is aimed at ensuring the health and safety of children in child care, facilitating families’ access to child care assistance, and improving the quality of child care for children, and for infants and toddlers in particular. This fact sheet summarizes the bill's provisions.

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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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More Resources

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

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

March 28, 2014

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

March 25, 2014