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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 children with low incomes.

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

CLASP is 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, 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 key stakeholders and advocates to expand the Alliance’s Allies for Antiracism initiative.
    • 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.