Research-Based Advocacy

Child Care Aware® of America undertakes research on the child care landscape, and uses it to advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.

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Unequal Access: Barriers to Early Childhood Education for Boys of Color

Starting at birth, boys and young men of color of all classes face negative perceptions, structural disadvantage, and biased treatment. A new brief explores these issues.

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Child Care Deserts

Child Care Aware® of America’s comprehensive study Child Care Deserts: Developing Solutions to Child Care Supply and Demand addresses the issue of access to high-quality, affordable child care and the increasing gap between child care supply and demand for families across the country.

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Public Policy Agenda: 2016-2017

Child Care Aware® of America's public policy priorities represented in this agenda serve as our roadmap for advocating for a high-quality, affordable child care system for all families in the halls of Congress, and at the state and local level.

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Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2015

This annual report summarizes the cost of child care across the country, examines the importance of child care as a workforce support, and explores the effect of high costs on families’ child care options.

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2016 State Fact Sheets

This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at and compare state characteristics and costs.

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We Can Do Better: 2013 Update

Scoring and ranking the states, including Washington, D.C and the Department of Defense (DoD), on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers.

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Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update

Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.

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