Families Childcare & Early Education
Topic Childcare & Early Education

A growing body of evidence shows that investments in high-quality, affordable, and accessible childcare and learning are a key element of a healthy, growing U.S. economy. Research tells us that the ages zero to three are a critically important time for developing the wide range of skills necessary for future success. Equitable Growth is growing the evidence base for the demand side of the early education equation—what do families need and want for their children and themselves and what are the obstacles to access across the economic distribution—and the supply side of the equation—what does quality childcare look like, and how do we expand access to quality early care and learning jobs in a way that creates meaningful economic security for care workers?

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Coronavirus Recession

Child care is essential for working parents, but is the industry ready and safe to reopen?

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Vision 2020

Addressing the need for affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education for all in the United States

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Who Cares if Parents have Unpredictable Work Schedules?: The Association between Just-in-Time Work Schedules and Child Care Arrangements

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In Conversation with Leemore Dafny

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Extensive nonstandard work hours among U.S. low-income mothers hinder their kids’ enrollment in center-based childcare

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Economist Currie’s research on early childhood care and education highlights the need for a national childcare policy

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Public investments in education can spur equitable growth, pay for themselves, and create jobs for a stronger economic recovery

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Vision 2020

Achieving universal paid family and medical leave in the United States

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Coronavirus Recession

Child care is essential for working parents, but is the industry ready and safe to reopen?

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Child Care Market: Evidence from Stay-at-Home Orders

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Coronavirus Recession

New working paper shows long-term U.S. economic and health benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Is the social safety net a long-term investment? Large-scale evidence from the food stamps program

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Paid medical leave research

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Coronavirus Recession

The coronavirus pandemic requires a wartime commitment for essential workers’ access to childcare

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Coronavirus Recession

How the coronavirus pandemic is harming family well-being for U.S. low-wage workers

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Reducing maternal labor market detachment: A role for paid family leave

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Vision 2020

The economic imperative of enacting paid family leave across the United States

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Vision 2020

Addressing the need for affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education for all in the United States

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