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Communities nationwide need new investments in complex infrastructure projects, but the current application process for federal funds may be a barrier for entities with less grantwriting experience or technical capacity.
How States Can Use Federal Funds to Strengthen Early Childhood Education SystemsFederal funding for early childhood education (ECE) represents a sizeable share of all public ECE funding in the United States, but not all states know how to access and strategically deploy these dollars. How Applications for Federal Infrastructure Funds Are Reinforcing the Status QuoCommunities nationwide need new investments in complex infrastructure projects, but the current application process for federal funds may be a barrier for entities with less grantwriting experience or technical capacity. A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Black Midwifery in the United StatesRemoving Black practitioners’ barriers to midwifery is key to ensuring more birthing people can access the type of maternal health care they desire. Addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis Requires Better Support for Black Health Care WorkersInsights from Black maternal health workers in California shed light on the unique challenges Black clinicians face and the supports they need. Medicaid Work Requirements Would Do Little or Nothing to Increase Employment, but Would Harm People’s HealthEvidence shows that adding work requirements to Medicaid and expanding requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are unlikely to increase employment and would cause many eligible people to lose vital health care and food assistance. A Promising Approach to Evaluating Innovative Child Care Subsidy PoliciesSteps researchers can take to assess whether child care subsidy programs are increasing access to quality care, based on an evaluation of Washington, DC’s policies.