It's Time to Do Better for Our Babies: CLASP Releases Study of Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies

Aug 29, 2013

This post is the first in a series highlighting the findings from CLASP's recent publication, "Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies."

By Stephanie Schmit and Hannah Matthews      

Today, CLASP, is releasing a new report, Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies, that presents data from a recent state survey of child care subsidy, licensing, and quality enhancement policies.  It provides a national picture of infant-toddler child care-one that shows significant room for improvement.

Collectively, state infant and toddler policies are not meeting the needs of our youngest children and their families. Babies in child care need high-quality care with warm, responsive, and skilled caregivers; healthy and safe environments; and linkages to community supports. Comparing state policies to key benchmark policies finds that too few infants and toddlers have access to such settings -- and while particular state policies offer promise, no state has in place a comprehensive set that fully meets the needs of infants and toddlers.

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