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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2018 State Fact Sheets

How is your state supporting working families and the challenges they face?

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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: 2017

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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Mapping the Gap

States face various challenges in exploring child care supply and demand and directing precious resources to ensure accessibility to quality child care. Check out these customized state story maps for a visual representation.

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2017 State Fact Sheets

The 2017 State Fact Sheets includes an introduction with an overview of the child care landscape and child care state fact sheets for each state, plus the District of Columbia.

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Child Care State Licensing Database

This database was developed for policy makers, child care advocates, and providers interested in aligning state child care licensing requirements with Caring for Our Children Basics guidelines.

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Millennials in Every State Cannot Afford Child Care

Check out the Millennials and the High Cost of Child Care Interactive Map

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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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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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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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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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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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