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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Roads, bridges, bottles, and blocks: Rethinking infrastructure for the post-pandemic U.S. economy

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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

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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Expert Focus

Expert Focus: Examining and strengthening U.S. care infrastructure

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Equitable Recovery

Factsheet: What does the research say about care infrastructure?

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Equitable Recovery

Roads, bridges, bottles, and blocks: Rethinking infrastructure for the post-pandemic U.S. economy

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Expert Focus

Expert Focus: Supporting women’s labor force participation to boost U.S. economic growth and recovery

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Women’s History Month: Systemic gender discrimination continues to harm working women amid the coronavirus recession

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Boosting Wages

Public investments in social insurance, education, and child care can overcome market failures to promote family and economic well-being

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COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Assessing the Impact of the FFCRA

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Access to Paid Leave during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Evidence from NYC

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Did Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave Ameliorate the Health and Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Coronavirus Recession

New research shows the impact of 2020 job and income losses on family dynamics and parents’ mental health in vulnerable households

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Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Family Dynamics in Economically Vulnerable Households

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Filling critical gaps in child care research to support effective and equitable reforms to help U.S. families and workers alike

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