Rebuilding the Early Child Care and Education System

Our country’s early care and education system was fractured and in crisis, even before COVID-19. The abrupt closure of many child care centers, new requirements upon opening, and challenges facing families make it even more pressing that our “rebuilding” efforts work toward a more sustainable and equitable child care system.

ARTICLES

Our Broken Child Care System and How to Fix It

Before Coronavirus, the U.S. Child Care Landscape Was Already in Crisis

Our Broken Child Care System and How to Fix It, Part 1: In this three-part series for Early Learning Nation, our executive director Dr. Laura Justice surveys the fragmented landscape of child care in the United States, highlighting its vulnerabilities even in the best of times.

More Bad News for Child Care: The Importance of Not Looking Away

Our Broken Child Care System and How to Fix It, Part 2: Executive director Dr. Laura Justice examines how child care programs are a key part of the economic infrastructure but are also developing the nation’s brain trust of the future.

Steps to Sustainability: Fundamental Reforms to Our Systems of Child Care and Early Learning Programs

Our Broken Child Care System and How to Fix It, Part 3: The final segment of this series examines how the many systems that make up U.S. child care are failing. Fixes that are both sweeping enough and realistic aren’t obvious, so Dr. Laura Justice turns to three experts to weigh in.

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Rebuilding Ohio’s Early Childhood Education System

Watch the recording here. 

Our country’s early care and education system was fractured and near-crisis, even before the pandemic and new challenges facing child care providers. This webinar discusses on what’s at stake in rebuilding Ohio’s early childhood system in the days, months, and years ahead. Moderator Dr. Laura Justice was joined by panelists: State Senator Peggy Lehner; State Representative Allison Russo; Robyn Lightcap, executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton; and Kim Jarvis, owner and director of On Purpose Academy and Mentoring Center, who discussed quality, access, racial equity, and what our leaders need to consider to ensure that the early childhood future we work toward rebuilding serves children and families better than it has in the past.

UPCOMING EVENTS