Toward Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States This resource list was created as an accompaniment to the paper on "Towards Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States."
The U.S. can no longer afford the inefficiency of making policy by funding stream for early care and education (ECE). Our children and families deserve better. Our economy will be stronger when public policy at all levels – federal, state and local – is both more efficient and more effective.
Historically, the care and education of children before they enter school has been viewed as a personal (maternal) responsibility, with limited public support largely focused on poor families. Public policy and investment have waxed and waned over time.