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Gina Adams

Gina Adams

Senior fellow

Gina Adams is a Senior fellow at the Urban Institute (UI), where she examines policies and programs that affect the affordability, quality, and supply of child care/early education, and the ability of low-income and at-risk families to use these services. She is currently involved in studies examining the child care subsidy system and initiatives to integrate work benefit systems; exploring the complexity of child care stability and family stability patterns; examining contextual factors affecting the quality of child care providers; and researching barriers to prekindergarten in Illinois for non-Latino immigrant/ English Language Learner (ELL) families. She has conducted several multi-state studies on child care subsidy implementation – her most recent work focused on child care providers and the subsidy system, and she has also examined policies that support access and retention of subsidies for low-income families, as well as the interconnections between the TANF and child care systems. She has been involved with the National Head Start Impact Study, an evaluation of the Enhanced Home Visiting Project of Early Head Start, and analyses of child care survey data from the National Survey of America's Families. Prior to coming to The Urban Institute, she was the Assistant Director of the Child Care and Development Division at the Children’s Defense Fund. She also was a child care teacher for infants and toddlers, and worked with low-income families. She has an MA in Public Policy from Duke University.


Publications by topic:
Child Care and Development
Head Start and Elementary Education

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