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Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) develops practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color.

Through careful research, analysis, and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes advocates, and directly assists governments to put in place strategies that deliver results that matter.

Our state allies can call on CLASP to:

Help strategize and plan advocacy on their state's early childhood system.

CLASP can help states defend and improve state early childhood policies and state child care investments, especially in response to pandemic relief and rescue plan funding -- all in order to equitably expand access to quality care for families with low incomes.

Counsel advocates on racial equity and immigrant issues as they relate to child care policies and systems.

CLASP's broad racial equity expertise and deep child care and early education and immigrant family policy knowledge make them an in-demand provider of technical assistance on how to improve equity in state early childhood policies, with specific expertise in data, discipline, immigrant families, equitable community engagement strategies, and state policy options.

Support advocacy planning and execution for family income supports, including public benefits, tax credits, and paid family/medical leave.

CLASP has deep expertise in both federal and state policy in these areas and can help states formulate agendas and strategies for building family economic security.

Additional Alliance-funded support for state advocacy includes:

    • Addressing racial inequity in early childhood and related state policies. CLASP is partnering with other partners and advocates to improve racial equity in child care policy at the federal and state level.
    • Creating a strong federal-state feedback loop to improve policymaking and implementation in the early childhood space. This work complements state-specific technical assistance efforts to the states, which will benefit from the organization’s close connections to federal administrators and policymakers.
    • Providing resources and connections to various parts of the child care and early education field. CLASP is well positioned to connect states with other partners from the federal, state, and local levels and to provide the latest research and emerging trends.
    • Providing support in understanding the policymaking process and what’s possible. CLASP has expertise in what policymaking looks like and levers for creating and advocating for change.