Helen Blank from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) discusses how the budget increases in FY 2011 affect the current gaps in child care and early learning, implementation issues around the competitive grant program to improve state early child care and education systems, and implications of the FY 2012 budget decisions for early childhood programs as well as other key supports for low-income children and families.
The 2011 report on state child and dependent care tax provisions, Making Care Less Taxing, and the accompanying state report card, Making the Grade for Care, which grades those state provisions, cover the 34 child and dependent care tax provisions in effect in 28 states in tax year 2010.
The 2011 state-by-state Making the Grade for Care report card, a companion piece to Making Care Less Taxing, ranks the 34 child and dependent care tax provisions in effect in 28 states in tax year 2010.
High-quality child care encourages children’s learning and development and helps them enter school ready to succeed. Yet in most communities, high-quality care is in short supply, particularly for low-income children and very young children. States and communities are working to address this shortage and improve the quality of care through a number of promising strategies, with the help of federal funding. To obtain a snapshot of notable state quality improvement initiatives, the National Women's Law Center asked child care administrators in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia to identify their states’ most promising quality initiative and most promising infant/toddler initiative supported with these resources.
In total, seventeen governors mentioned early education in their 2011 State of the State Addresses. These wise investments in child care and early education will benefit children, families, states, and the nation.
Karen Schulman is a Senior Policy Analyst in NWLC's Family Economic Security division. She researches and writes about child care and early education policies. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College and her master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked at the Children's Defense Fund.