Strategies to Increase Access to Early Care and Education
- 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.