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

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What is social infrastructure, and how does it support economic growth in the United States?

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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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What is social infrastructure, and how does it support economic growth in the United States?

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

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Effect on Paid Leave Taking During the Early Pandemic

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Expert Focus: Researchers advancing our understanding of U.S. child care policy and how to improve the early care and education system

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Budget analyses of U.S. income support programs must incorporate long-term benefits for children

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Policymakers can still use American Rescue Plan funds to bolster the U.S. child care system and ensure it has a strong future

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The Effects of the Child Tax Credit on the Economic Wellbeing of Families with Low Incomes

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The Care Work System as a Fundamental Cause of Economic Inequalities

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Policymakers tackling inflation can’t overlook the impact of higher interest rates on the U.S. child care market

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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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February Jobs Day report: U.S. employment growth is still strong, but some care sector workers are being left behind

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