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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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Factsheet: What the research says about the economics of the 2021 enhanced Child Tax Credit

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Advancing research and evidence on child care and U.S. economic growth

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The child care economy

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Factsheet: What the research says about the economics of early care and education

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Request for proposals: Research grants for early career scholars

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What the minimum wage can tell us about the future of the U.S. child care system

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Testimony by Shayna Strom before the Senate Budget Committee

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Novel Measurement of Childcare Customer and Worker Flows Enables Novel Evidence on Recent Supply-Side Subsidies

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The Child Care Workforce and COVID: Community Capacity and Investments as Buffers to the Pandemic

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The Impact of Austerity on Gender Inequality in Time Allocation in the United States

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Food assistance can disrupt intergenerational poverty in the United States, promoting racial economic equity

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The Effectiveness of the Food Stamp Program at Reducing Differences in the Intergenerational Persistence of Poverty

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Child care prices, inflation, and the end of federal pandemic-era aid in five charts

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Employers can alleviate the U.S. child care crisis, but they cannot be the primary solution

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Executive action to spur equitable growth

Executive actions to leverage federal agencies to improve child care in the United States

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