Using a Consensus-Style Approach to Synthesize the Evidence on the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs

How can policymaking build a stronger early childhood education system that meets the needs of all children, families, programs, and teachers?

States Have an Opportunity to Strengthen College Grant Aid Programs

The COVID-19 crisis creates a unique opportunity for policymakers to strengthen their states’ grant programs.

Demand for Universal Preschool Could Exceed the American Families Plan Target

The American Families Plan includes a historic investment in young children and public education that aims for universal preschool and broad access, especially for children of color and children from families with low incomes. But truly universal preschool may require an even larger investment.

A More Targeted Approach to Student Loan Forgiveness

Pell-based forgiveness would disproportionately benefit Black borrower and would also target borrowers less likely to have family resources to rely on.

How to Make Gainful Employment More Inclusive

For gainful employment to work, it needs to cover all eligible programs.

Who Is Taking New Student Loans during the Pandemic?

Student loan lending patterns look different this year.

Student Borrowers with Smaller Debts Should Repay for Fewer Years

As currently structured, income-driven repayment plans have some serious shortcomings.

Understanding the Tax Implications of Student Debt Forgiveness

A new analysis shows the risk of converting education debt into tax debt for many low-income borrowers.

Three Federal Strategies for Driving Equity in Promise Neighborhoods

Programs like Promise Neighborhoods can motivate and align cross-sector efforts and, with some adjustments, reduce inequities in education.

Better Data Use Shows the Depths of the Pandemic Prekindergarten Crisis

An equitable return to prekindergarten requires engaging children and families who did not enroll this fall.