Strategies to Increase Access to Early Care and Education

Strategies to Increase Access to Early Care and Education

Published: Oct 02, 2023
Publisher: Mathematica
Key Findings
  • Reducing the burden associated with applying and enrolling in ECE can help families that face barriers related to language or access to technology.
  • Strategically increasing the ECE supply in geographic regions with insufficient access may strengthen equitable access to ECE.
  • Ensuring child care subsidies are accessible and applicable for use in varied ECE settings may improve uptake and equitable access to such supports.
  • Stabilizing the ECE supply with financial support and training can lead to more sustainable, higher-quality ECE providers.

This brief presents findings from research on equitable access to early care and education (ECE) supports conducted by 11 grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Equity-Focused Policy Research grant program. The research highlights changes to policy and practices that could help address inequalities in access to ECE.

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