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.
Report December 9, 2021
This report highlights the shortcomings in how quality child care is currently funded and provides examples of how states can chart a different path forward to ensure that increased investments positively affect all children and families.
Report November 22, 2021
A new resource published on the Quality Compendium discusses the impact of COVID-19 on early care and education quality initiatives based on findings from two surveys disseminated in 2020. Findings offer a glimpse into how quality improvement systems adapted to meet the needs of ECE providers across the nation.
Planning Tool November 17, 2021
This resource was shared during the webinar Thrive by 5: Miami-Dade's Equity Driven CQI Model. The purpose of the Thrive by 5 Quality Improvement System is to increase opportunity to access high-quality early learning for young learners in high-poverty neighborhoods.