Fact Sheet Shows Underinvestment in the Early Years

Across the states, large numbers of young, low-income children are missing out on opportunities to gain the skills and positive approach to learning they will need to succeed in school.  For a two-year-old in a community without Early Head Start, or a four-year-old on a waiting list for a high quality early care and education program, this missed opportunity is likely to

Confidence in Our Cause? Yes, Actually.

In the beginning, there was not light -- just lunch. It was a lunch at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC to discuss an idea to create an "Alliance" -- stronger links between state-based advocates and national non-profits committed to creating better outcomes for children across the country, from birth to five years old.

Early Childhood in Nebraska Buoyed by Bipartisanship

In a year that may well stand out as a low point in our national history for extreme political brinksmanship, Nebraska legislators representing all points of the ideological spectrum took their own stand – a united one – in support of early childhood investment in 2013.   Faced by a wide range of difficult budgetary decisions, the 103rd Nebraska Legislature chose to advance eight separate bills directly affecting the safety, quality and availability of early care and education programs for the state’s youngest children and their families.

State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies Need Improvement

Last month, CLASP released Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies documenting where state policies stand in relation to a set of key child care subsidy, licensing and quality improvement policies that support the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers in child care settings. Data in this report were collected through a state survey, as well as from publicly available data sources. Collectively they offer a baseline of policies important for babies in child care.