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Extra Credit: How Louisiana Is Improving Child Care

April 14, 2015

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.

Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization: A Guide for States

April 01, 2015

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),

Moving Women & Families Forward: A State Roadmap to Economic Justice

Moving Women & Families Forward: A State Roadmap to Economic Justice

February 18, 2015

Women are half the workforce and families depend on women’s income more than ever before. They are breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American families and continue to bear a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. Yet, our nation’s public policies and workplace practices too often are based on outdated assumptions about who works, who stays home, and the supports necessary to make sure families are economically secure. 

Because of this, women and their families are left behind. Women continue to be paid less than men; do not have access to comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health care; struggle to access affordable, high-quality child care and early education; are subject to unpredictable and inflexible work schedules; lack basic benefits such as paid sick leave and family leave; experience workplace discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment; face barriers in accessing education; and are prevented from taking collective action. Now is the time for advocates and legislators to advance a broad vision that knocks down these barriers, remedies discrimination, ensures accountability, and provides key supports that enable women and their families to be economically secure.

Toolkit for Advocates - 2015 Tax Credits Outreach Campaign

December 16, 2014

The toolkit for advocates includes outreach tips and tools to help families claim valuable tax credits.

Making the Most of Well-Woman Visits

November 18, 2014

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most women now have coverage for well-women visits, without additional costs like co-pays and deductibles. But how can they make the most of this benefit? We have resources and information to help you learn more about this critical benefit and also to get the word out about no-cost well-woman visit. Regular well-woman visits could be a turning point for women’s health— but only if women know about it them.


We've Got You Covered: What Women Need To Know About Health Care Enrollment

November 11, 2014

The health care law—sometimes called Obamacare—will make health coverage more affordable and easier to obtain for millions of American women. In each state, women will be able to choose a high quality plan that covers important health services like maternity care, prescription drugs, and preventive health services. These resources provide women and their families with information about the new health coverage options available through a Health Insurance Marketplace in their state.

States Must Close the Gap: Low-Income Women Need Health Insurance

October 29, 2014

Over three million low-income women in the United States fall into a coverage gap and are uninsured, regardless of the fact that they are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).This gap is the direct result of 22 states’ failure to use federal money already set aside to expand health care coverage through Medicaid.

This report is an update of Mind the Gap: Women in Dire Need of Health Insurance, and demonstrates the risk the coverage gap poses to low-income women’s health by examining the dramatic differences in health care access and preventive services utilization between low-income women who will be stuck in this coverage gap—unless their state changes course—versus those who have access to coverage. This analysis finds that women in the coverage gap also experience a health care gap.

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.

NWLC Files Comments with Department of Education on Proposed School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program Rule

October 09, 2014

The National Women's Law Center filed comments in response to the proposed rule published by the Department of Education on September 8, 2014, which would revise requirements for the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, including an Early Learning Intervention Model as an option for struggling public schools.

Insecure & Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families 2000-2013

September 29, 2014

This report provides a gender analysis of national and state poverty and income data for 2013, released by the Census Bureau in September 2014