Public Policy Research Calendar

Child Care Aware® of America’s public policy and research team produce reports throughout the year that are designed to advance high-quality, affordable child care. Key annual reports include our Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report and Child Care in America: State Fact Sheets. We also publish a variety of issue briefs and white papers related to important topics in child care. Our goal is to continue, and amplify, our service as a national leader on child care research and data and to ensure that our organization and the field are positioned and prepared to address the challenges and leverage opportunities in child care.

Below is some information on our upcoming reports.

Child Care Licensing Tool (June)

In partnership with the University of Miami, we are revising our data collection and reporting of state licensing regulations. The new licensing database ensures that state licensing information for family child care and centers are aligned with Caring for Our Children Basics. The result is a user-friendly interface/tool for the public to access data on states.

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2017 Annual Child Care State Fact Sheets (July)

The Checking In: A Snapshot of the Child Care Landscape – 2017 State Fact Sheets provide data critical to child care and early education advocates, policymakers, and program administrators. The fact sheets share necessary data to better understand the challenges that America’s working families face as they strive to provide their children with care that is safe, healthy, and promotes quality learning and development.

View the 2017 State Fact Sheets

2017 Child Care Deserts (beginning in September)

We released our inaugural white paper on Child Care Deserts: Developing Solutions to Child Care Supply and Demand in September 2016. The white paper explores the concepts of child care supply and demand from both the perspectives of parental choices and decisions made related to finding quality child care, and state and community-level approaches to documenting and addressing child care deserts. Through a generous grant donation, this year we will release an in-depth customized child care deserts map with accompanying reports in 15 states. These maps will be driven by each targeted state’s unique needs.

View the 2016 Child Care Deserts white paper

2017 Public Policy Research Calendar

Report Release Date
From Rankings to Roadmaps: Licensing and Child Care System Report Card tool June
Child Care in America: State Fact Sheets July
 Policy Agenda (2018-2019) October (preliminary)
 Child Care Deserts – 15-state project beginning in September
 Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report December


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