Policies & Politics

In the Policies and Politics section, we will present comments by us as well as links to advocacy articles in the field of early child care. Some of these articles may be ours and some are those of others that we pass along, sometimes with observations from us. The views expressed here are our own and not necessarily those of our publisher or other sources on, or linked to, this website.

PROPOSED TRUMP BUDGET HURTS INFANTS

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BUDGET, released in June, “largely turns its back” on babies and children, warns Zero to Three, an organization deeply committed to the healthy development of children and families. “Babies don’t exist in a vacuum… they live in families,” and this budget’s “explicit intent is to redefine compassion away from ordinary working families and […]

WHERE DOES A CANDIDATE STAND ON CHILD CARE?

While most people think of economic policy as a national issue and child care as a family issue, the two are really both national and family issues. With both parents in so many families working to make ends meet in today’s economy, affordable child care is a must – not just for pre-K but beginning […]

THE FUTURE BEGINS WITH BABIES

IN A SHARP CHALLENGE to the new administration and Congress, Zero to Three, an organization dedicated to the well-being of young children, parents  and families, has called for enactment of legislation to vastly improve the status of early child care in America. “Four million babies will be born in theUnited States during President Donald J. Trump’s first year in […]

MORE PROOF THAT CHILD CARE INVESTMENTS PAYS OFF

AS IF ANY PROOF WAS NEEDED, a recent study led by University of Chicago Professor James J. Heckman, a Nobel laureate in Economics, finds that children between eight weeks and five years enrolled in high quality child care went on to have more successful lives. This is particularly true of children from economically disadvantaged single […]

NEURONS TO NEIGHBORHOODS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED SINCE ITS PUBLICATION

Seventeen years ago, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine released a report that has become a landmark in the field of child development. The report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, opened a national discussion of early child development and its broader implications for our society. It massively documented and discussed how a child develops from […]

A RARE GLIMPSE: EARLY CHILD CARE AND PRE-SCHOOL IN CUBA

by Nettie Becker Cuban children dancing for their American visitors The pre-school children danced around on the area in front of the room, their colorful costumes flowing as they whirled. Behind them, a young boy played his guitar, accompanying them as the audience of the children’s parents and their foreign guests clapped their hands in rhythm […]

SPECIAL MENTION

Paid Parental Leave Is Also An Election Issue While a number of advanced industrial countries now have paid leave for new parents as national policies, there is no such policy in the United States where very few workers can take time off after the birth of a child. Some workers can take unpaid time off […]