Early Childhood

Foster family coloring, with young child on the left and parent on the right.


New Grant Will Promote Equity in Early Childhood Programs in Washington

A new grant in Washington is accepting applications for funding for parent support, early learning and early childhood programs that advance cultural inclusivity.

Let the Child Tax Credit Work


New York City Mayor Announces Investments in Child Care

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released an ambitious plan to expand subsidized child care and early childhood education programs.

California’s Child Abuse Registry is Missing Upwards of 22,000 Abuse Suspects, Audit Finds


California’s Child Abuse Registry is Missing Upwards of 22,000 Abuse Suspects, Audit Finds

Tens of thousands of child abuse suspects are missing from California’s statewide child abuse registry, an audit released this week revealed.

Connecticut Establishes Baby Bond Program to Reduce Wealth Disparity


Connecticut Establishes Baby Bond Program to Reduce Wealth Disparity

To address wealth disparity, Connecticut has set aside public funds that will establish trust funds for babies born July 1 and later.


Dignity for Moms: N.C. Bill Would Ban Shackling of Incarcerated Women in Childbirth

North Carolina is expected to ban the shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth, according to a published report.


California Tax Surplus Could Mean Early Education Investments

Aided by a surprise tax surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Wednesday that his forthcoming budget would allow all 4-year-olds in the state to attend transitional kindergarten and would create college savings accounts for low-income first graders.


    New York Budget Embraces ‘Extraordinary’ Expansion of Child Care and Pre-K

    Enrollment at the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center has recovered to about 85% of capacity, after plunging as low as 25% when the pandemic began last spring. (Photo courtesy of Beth Starks)
    New York will launch a historic expansion of child care and pre-K capacity, a change made possible by a massive influx of federal aid, new state taxes and a push by lawmakers newly empowered to challenge the scandal-plagued Democratic Gov.


    Thousands of Child Care Programs Have Closed In California, Study Finds

    A socially-distance outdoor story and picnic time at Modern Education Family Childcare-Portola in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Pyrena Hui
    When Pyrena Hui considered what field of work she’d pursue as a recent immigrant from Hong Kong to the United States, her family was a top priority.

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    High Cost of Child Care Compounds New York City’s Affordability Crisis

    Celebrating the Day of Thanks at a Harlem early childhood center run by Union Settlement, which estimates its enrollment is currently at about half of capacity. Photo via Union Settlement.
    For New York City parents of infants and toddlers, the annual cost of center-based child care is nearly one-third of the median household income — more than four times the level considered “affordable” by the U.S.