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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. 


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.


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.


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.


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

May 7, 2014

A total of 23 governors (13 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.


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.


More Resources

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

September 12, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter In Support of Increasing Early Childhood Funding for FY 2016

September 09, 2014

| Early Learning Builds Our Future Event September 17

September 08, 2014

| Back to School Early Learning Twitter Action Materials

August 13, 2014

Fact Sheet | State Early Care and Education Updates 2014

August 01, 2014