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Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement 39(2), January 2024: Early Childhood Care and Education: A Patchwork of Policy and Practice

The patchwork of early care and education (ECE) programs for young children in the United States varies from state to state, where children and families face greater economic hardship in some locations more than others simply based on geography. While high-quality ECE programs are associated with positive academic and social outcomes for children, equal access across the nation, and even within states, simply does not exist. Research and insights featured in this issue of Focus on Poverty examine geographic, demographic, and policy differences across the national landscape of early care and education policy and its effects.


Maternal Employment Drops when Child Care is Expensive and Hard to Find, by Liana Christin Landivar, William J. Scarborough, Caitlyn Collins, and Leah Ruppanner

Disrupting Discrimination in Funding for Early Care and Education, by Karen Babbs Hollett and Erica Frankenberg

Social Support Can Mitigate Material Hardship for Families Facing Unstable Child Care Subsidy Use, by Jaeseung Kim and Julia R. Henly


Child Maltreatment & Child Welfare System, Children, Early Childhood Care & Education, Economic Support, Economic Support General, Education & Training, Employment, Employment General, Inequality & Mobility, Racial/Ethnic Inequality


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