This guide is designed to help policymakers and advocates gain a better understanding of what is entailed in fully implementing the November 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG),
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.
This report analyzes the impact of a unique package of tax credits intended to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana – the School Readiness Tax Credits – in the first four years of their implementation.
In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate voted on the measure on November 13 and the President signed the bill enacting the reauthorization into law.
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.
Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.
In the last four decades the educational levels and work experiences of women have increased dramatically. Women are over half of college graduates and nearly half the workforce. But although women have better credentials than ever before, they typically are paid less than men, are more likely than men to work in low-wage jobs, often lack the affordable and high-quality child care, health care—including reproductive health care—and other supports they need to work and care for their families, and are more likely to live in poverty. An economic agenda to address these and other barriers to women’s advancement is essential, not only for women and their families, but for the nation as a whole.
This report—Our Moment: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families—examines the factors that contribute to the economic insecurity of women and their families and highlights key components of a federal economic agenda that are both under consideration and achievable.
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.