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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Public investment is crucial to strengthening U.S. economic growth and tackling inequality

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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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Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States: A Research Agenda

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The Long-Term Effects of California’s 2004 Paid Family Leave Act on Women’s Careers: Evidence from U.S. Tax Data

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New paid leave research demonstrates challenge of balancing work and caregiving

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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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How U.S. workers’ just-in-time schedules perpetuate racial and ethnic inequality

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Public investment is crucial to strengthening U.S. economic growth and tackling inequality

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Testimony by Heather Boushey before the House Budget Committee

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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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In Conversation with Leemore Dafny

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For Father’s Day: Evidence from three countries on the importance of paid parental leave for new dads

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When Dad Can Stay Home: Fathers’ Workplace Flexibility and Maternal Health

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Paid family care leave is a missing piece in the U.S. social insurance system

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Paid family care leave

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