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Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014 - For the second year in a row, situations for families improved under child care policies in more states. Families in 33 states were better off with greater access to child care assistance or they received greater benefits from assistance, or both. Families in 13 states were worse off. Improvements tended to be modest and not sufficient to close continuing gaps in families' access to assistance and the level of assistance available. (Karen Schulman and Helen Blank, National Women's Law Center, October 2014)...

Early Learning and Child Care: Federal Funds Support Multiple Programs with Similar Goals - Federal support for early learning and child care goes to 45 programs enrolling children from birth to age 5, the largest of which is Head Start. The other programs vary in size, target population and structure. In its 2012 report, GAO noted that Education and HHS needed to extend their coordination efforts to other agencies with early learning and child care programs. As of December 2013, the agencies had taken initial steps toward greater coordination but need to follow through with their plans to include these other federal agencies in an inter-departmental work group. (Kay E. Brown, U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 2014)...

Early Childhood Program Participation, From the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 - This report presents data on the early care and education arrangements and early learning of children in the United States from birth through the age of 5 who were not yet enrolled in kindergarten in the spring of 2012. The report also presents data on parents’ satisfaction with various aspects of these care arrangements and on their participation in various learning activities with their children. For each category of information included in the report, the results are broken down by child, parent, and family characteristics (NCES, August 2013) ...

A Count for Quality: Child care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems - This report examines a range of approaches states and communities are taking in designing and implementing quality rating improvement systems (QRIS). The Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Women’s Law Center interviewed 48 child care center directors from nine states about their experiences with QRIS. The directors offered valuable perspectives on what is working in their QRIS and how the systems could be improved. (National Women's Law Center, February, 2012)...

Improving Access to Child Care and Early Education for Immigrant Families: A State Policy Checklist - This checklist helps state leaders gauge the extent to which state policies help immigrant families gain access to child care and early education programs. (Center for Law and Social Policy, undated)...

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - Child Trend’s new online database called LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) features over 200 evaluated programs that enhance children’s development, including a category on “Child Care/Early Childhood Education.” (Child Trends, June 2011)...

On the Home Front: Early Care and Education a Top Priority for Military Families - This survey of military family members with young children showed that access to child care is a major concern in their everyday life -- even more so than health care -- and that when choosing a provider, quality of the staff and facilities is their highest priority. (Alice Coleman, Pre-K Now, February 2011)...


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