Early Care and Education


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Early Childhood Through a Race/Equity Lens

Read highlights from the inaugural Early Childhood Fellows Alumni series. Learn what two policymakers thought about the opportunity to explore early childhood development and well-being through a race and equity lens. 


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Caring for the Caregivers: Policy Support for Early Child Care Pros

The biggest challenge facing home-based child care providers right now is compensation that is relevant to providers’ experience.

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Early Care and Education


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Early Childhood Policy Overview

State legislatures play a significant role in setting priorities and expectations for state agencies, allocating funding and overseeing state-administered early care and education programs and services. This page summarizes many of the most pressing early care and education policy topics.


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Healthy Pregnancies and Prenatal Care

This new report provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.


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Home Visiting: Improving Outcomes for Children

Across the country, high-quality home visiting programs offer vital support to parents as they deal with the challenges of raising babies and young children. Click to view an overview of home visiting highlighting the programs, evidence based models, resources and related legislation.  


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Early Care and Education Legislation

This database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2021 legislative sessions for the 50 states and the territories. Search by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.