National Policy Trends

States across the country are implementing creative solutions to address the child care crisis. Here are just a few examples of the policy solutions states are enacting to support children, families, early educators, and businesses within their communities:

Policy solutions to help fund child care systems:

New Mexico designed a permanent fund to support early childhood initiatives within the state.
The rest of the US can learn a lot from how New Mexico is tackling the childcare crisis
and Early Childhood Education and Care Fund – New Mexico State Investment Council

Louisiana created a special state treasury fund to support early childhood education.
Louisiana Case Study

Policy solutions to support child care providers and early educators:

Washington DC now provides free or reduced insurance premiums for employees (and their family members) of licensed child care centers.

Kentucky is piloting a program that allows early educators to qualify for child care assistance for their own children, regardless of their income level.

Policy solutions to support mixed-delivery systems:

Georgia’s mixed-delivery model allows for state-funded Pre-K to be provided at public schools, private child-care centers, faith-based organizations, Head Start agencies, state colleges and universities, and military facilities.

West Virginia uses a community/county-level collaboration model to ensure mixed-delivery of publicly funded Pre-K within communities.

Policy solutions to engage the business community:

Michigan’s new Tri-Share Child Care Program divides the cost of child care between the state, the employer and the employee.
Tri-Share Child Care Network

Kentucky’s new Child Care Assistance Partnership encourages employers to provide child care assistance to employees through the use of state matching funds.
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