States Can Pursue Policies to Make Child Care More Accessible during Nontraditional Hours

States can support parents who work non traditional hours by pursuing policies designed to increase the supply, quality, and access to child care.

Effective New Investments in Children Start with Understanding Current Public Spending

Our State-by-State Spending on Kids Dataset offers the most comprehensive account of public spending on children available, and it gives state and federal administrators the data they need to make informed decisions amid pandemic relief.

The Benefits and Challenges of Designing a Cost Study with Community Partners

The pros and cons of using a community-engaged approach to co-design a cost study with local partners.

Nine Ways to Strengthen Program Evaluations by Centering Community Voice

Insights into how a community-based approach can strengthen research and create equitable evaluation processes.

Contracts Can Support the Child Care Workforce but Require Thinking outside the Box

To prevent permanent job loss and damage to a field dominated by women of color, contracts should be designed creatively and with a focus on equity.

How Supporting Early Care and Education Supports a Stronger Economy

The American Families Plan will increase investment in childcare and early education, and the impacts will benefit even those without children.

Easing Barriers to Child Care Food Subsidies for Home-Based Child Care Providers Offers Policymakers an Overlooked Opportunity

Removing barriers could support the healthy development and well-being of millions of American children.

Expanding Subsidies for Home-Based Child Care Providers Could Aid the Postpandemic Economic Recovery

Despite the importance of home-based child care providers, many do not participate in or benefit from public child care investments.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Underserves Apprentices. Here Are Three Ways It Can Do Better.

Ensuring veteran apprentices are fairly compensated, housed, and well equipped for this new labor market would not only benefit apprentices, but also employers and America as a whole.

Biden’s Executive Orders Inject Racial Equity into Regulatory Review

The administration’s new directives provide an opportunity to not only incorporate but also center racial equity in regulatory review.