Across the United States, Early Care and Education (ECE) is gaining increased attention. Numerous studies point to the academic and social benefits of ECE for young children, and several studies point to the long-term returns on investment for the community in terms of lower incarceration rates and higher high school graduation rates. Although a wealth of research has focused on benefits for young children and local communities, less attention has been given to the benefits of quality ECE for employers and working parents. To date, we have been unable to locate Louisiana-based studies of how child care instability affects the state’s workforce productivity. This study attempts to address this gap.
Planning Tool August 13, 2021
This planning tool showcases how the federal relief funds can be used to support infant, toddler, and family well-being through strategies to expand, improve, target, and make early care and education, family support, and maternal and infant/toddler health services more accessible and responsive.
Website August 1, 2021
The child care landscape is a complex, ever-changing environment. Cooperatives -- businesses owned and run by their members -- can be a vital solution many issues. This web page lists a series of resources that show how cooperatives can help build the long-term resilience of child care programs and provide an array of benefits to all stakeholders within the system.
Article July 1, 2021
Transforming children's early care and education into a high-quality learning experience is central to making the city of Detroit a world-class city for its children and families. This article highlights learnings from a formative evaluation of a collaborative effort by a funder, a research organization, and three community partners that set out to shed light on the strengths, limitations, and needs of informal child care providers in southwest Detroit.