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

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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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Developing a research agenda on racial and gender equity in the pandemic-era U.S. labor market

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Child care costs are going to rise, but policymakers can help U.S. families manage these increases

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House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth

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The economic evidence behind 10 policies in the Build Back Better Act

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Equitable Growth scholars highlight the need for broad investment in U.S. social infrastructure

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Equitable Growth welcomes two new Dissertation Scholars for 2021–22 academic year

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A cost-benefit analysis of The American Families Plan’s proposed investment in a nationwide public preschool program

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Congressional investments in social infrastructure would support immediate and long-term U.S. economic growth

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

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The child care economy

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