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Schilder Diane, Willenborg Peter, Lou Cary, Knowles Sarah, Thomas Kate, July 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This resource is an online directory of individual state fact sheets. There are snapshots for 50 states, District of Columbia, and a separate national snapshot. Each snapshot provides the following: the number and share of children under age 6…

United States. Office of Child Care, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) focuses on finding innovative solutions to improve working families’ access to affordable, high-quality child care. ACF also investigates how…
Smith Linda K., Bagley Anubhav, Wolters Benjamin, October, 2020
Reports & Papers
This report, accompanied by an interactive map, describes BPC's mapping methodology, insights gleaned from the data collection process that states can use to optimize the ways they collect supply data, and national findings on the gap in child care…
Chong Caliste, Walker Tammy, 25 June, 2020
Reports & Papers
The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) conducted an online survey of working families between May 18, 2020 and June 2, 2020, and received over 500 responses. The survey was shared by many child care and workforce partner agencies to assess…
Afterschool Alliance, 2020
Reports & Papers
The Afterschool Alliance’s fourth edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed accounting of the circumstances and conditions of U.S. children during the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. and compares afterschool program participation and unmet demand…
Ruppanner Leah, Moller Stephanie, Sayer Liana, 29 July, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study investigates the relationship between maternal employment and state-to-state differences in childcare cost and mean school day length. Pairing state-level measures with an individual-level sample of prime working-age mothers from the…
Herbst Chris M., October, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are increasingly deployed by U.S. states to monitor and improve the quality of non-parental child care settings. By making information on program quality accessible to the public, QRIS attempts to alter…
Herbst Chris M., November, 2016
Reports & Papers
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are increasingly deployed by states to monitor and improve the quality of non-parental child care settings. By making information on program quality accessible to the public, QRIS attempts to alter…
Mattingly Marybeth J., Schaefer Andrew, Carson Jessica A., Fall 2016
Reports & Papers
Access to quality, affordable child care is critical for American working families, and it is a major focus of efforts to bring about more family-friendly workplaces. In this brief, we analyze families' child care expenses and identify, among…
Walsh Bridget A., Sanchez Claudia, Lee Angela M., Casillas Nicole, Hansen Caitlynn, July, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This exploratory study investigated the use of concepts related to families, parents, and the home in 51 state-level early learning and development standards documents. Guidelines from six national family involvement, engagement, and school-…
Adams Gina, Heller Caroline, Spaulding Shayne, Derrick-Mills Teresa, October, 2014
Reports & Papers
This paper is part of a larger Urban Institute project -- Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Intersection between Workforce Development and Child Care -- supported by the Ford Foundation, that examines the intersection between workforce development…
Sall Sean P., January, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
In the 1980s and 1990s, many states and districts began to provide funding for prekindergarten (PK) programs for the first time. This paper takes advantage of the staggered timing in program funding to investigate the effect that increased…
Herbst Chris M., December, 2013
Reports & Papers
This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the Lanham Act of 1940, a heavily subsidized and universal child care program that was administered throughout the U.S. during World War II. I begin by estimating the impact of the Lanham Act on…
Brown Deborah, October, 2010
Reports & Papers
An evaluation from August 2009 through June 2010 of Early Steps to School Success, a language and literacy development program for children from birth to age 5 and their families, that examines enrollment, retention, participant characteristics,…
Smith Linda K., 09 July, 2010
Reports & Papers
An examination of child care challenges facing child care providers and parents in rural areas, based on survey responses from child care resource and referral agencies in 42 states