Child Care Subsidies
Child care subsidies make quality child care more affordable, support the healthy development of children, and help low-income parents access the child care they need to go to work or to school to support their families. CLASP develops and promotes child care subsidy policies that expand access to assistance for low-income families, improve the quality of child care across settings, and help child care providers access the supports they need to provide high-quality care. We analyze state and national child care subsidy data to help advocates and policymakers better understand state policies and make the case for effective policies. For state child care assistance fact sheets, go to In the States.
The Most Important Problem Facing Children in the US Today
In the early 1950's, polio crippled tens of thousands of people in the United States each year, shut down public facilities, and struck fear among parents everywhere. But thanks to a massive public health effort that reached into every community, by 1979 polio had been eliminated from the U.S.
What if we tackled child poverty with the same determination and commitment that we put into eliminating polio? At a time when one in five children lives in poverty, income inequality is growing, and the severe negative long-term consequences of childhood poverty are known, the analogy is not farfetched.
This week, the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Task Force on Childhood Poverty declared that childhood poverty is "the most important problem facing children in the US today" and issued a Strategic Road Map for addressing it as a public health issue. The APA Task Force commits to raising the voice of pediatricians to build public support for policies that will both reduce childhood poverty and address the negative effects of poverty on children's physical and mental health and development. This builds on similar statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Emily Firgens and Hannah Matthews | Nov 20, 2012 State Child Care Policies for Limited English Proficient Families
- Hannah Matthews | Sep 11, 2012 At Risk: Early Care and Education Funding and Sequestration
- Karen Schulman, Hannah Matthews, Helen Blank, and Danielle Ewen | Feb 23, 2012 A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems
- Hannah Matthews | Mar 01, 2012 Recent Child Care Growth to Fade, Startling Drop in Assistance Projected
- Danielle Ewen and Hannah Matthews | Nov 17, 2011 Caring for Babies: How State Child Care Policies Can Support Continuity
- Child Care and Early Education | Feb 08, 2013 Early Childhood Education Update - February 2013
- Jan 23, 2013 After the Fiscal Cliff, What's Next for Early Childhood?
- CLASP and ZERO TO THREE | Dec 19, 2012 Expanding Access to EHS: Illinois Child Care Initiative
- CLASP and ZERO TO THREE | Dec 19, 2012 Expanding Access to EHS: Kansas Initiative
- CLASP and ZERO TO THREE | Dec 19, 2012 Expanding Access to EHS: Minnesota Initiative