Archives: Policies and Strategies

Policy Approach

Child Care Workforce Compensation

Limited causal evidence suggests increasing child care workforce compensation may supportnurturing and responsive child care in safe settings. However, evidence is mixed and researchspecific to...

Perinatal Telehealth Services

A review of the experimental evidence on telehealth interventions in the prenatal-to-3 period suggests that telehealth services can produce clinical outcomes equivalent to, and in...

Paid Sick Leave

State paid sick leave policies improve access to paid leave, increase leave-taking, and improve adult health outcomes with minimal or no adverse effects on employment...

Child Allowance

International and United States-based research on cash transfer programs and child tax credits suggests that a permanent child allowance policy implemented in the US could...

Expanded Income Eligibility for Health Insurance

Expanding Medicaid eligibility to include most individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the Expanding Medicaid eligibility to include most individuals with incomes up...

Group Prenatal Care

Participation in group prenatal care increases the likelihood that mothers receive adequate prenatal care, may improve mothers’ physical and emotional health, and may enhance optimal...

Child Care Subsidies

Both child care subsidy receipt and greater state per child subsidy spending increase maternal employment, demonstrating improvements to parents’ ability to work. Additionally, child care...

Paid Family Leave

A state policy providing at least 6 weeks of paid family leave to parents with a new biological, adopted, or foster child increases the likelihood...

Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs

Participation in evidence-based home visiting programs leads to small but positive impacts on parenting skills, but less consistent evidence exists for impacts on other important...

Early Intervention Services

Participation in Early Intervention services can improve children’s cognitive, motor, behavioral, and language development, especially for infants born preterm or low birthweight, for whom the...

Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) improves aspects of parental health and emotional wellbeing, nurturing child-parent relationships, and optimal child health and development, although evidence within these...

State Earned Income Tax Credit

A refundable state earned income tax credit (EITC) of at least 10 percent of the federal credit promotes healthier and more equitable birth outcomes, boosts...

State Minimum Wage

A state minimum wage of at least $10.00 per hour boosts parents’ earnings and family incomes with minimal or no adverse effects on employment. Higher...

Reduced Administrative Burden for SNAP

State policies related to the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have a significant impact on participation rates among eligible households. The most...

Two-Generation Programs for Parental Employment

Two-generation programs for parental employment can increase access to needed services and parents’ ability to work, but evidence is mixed. Current studies do not, however,...

Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Strategies to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity need further study to make a conclusion about their impact on outcomes for families during the prenatal-to-3 period....

Comprehensive Screening and Connection Programs

Comprehensive screening and connection programs are an effective strategy to increase families’ connections to needed services and may promote optimal child health and development, though...

Child Care Workforce Qualifications

The relationship between child care workforce qualifications and outcomes in the prenatal-to-3 period has not yet been rigorously studied. Some strong causal studies have evaluated...

Child Care Ratios

More rigorous research is needed to build the evidence base on the impact that lower child-to-caregiver ratios have on children’s development, health, and safety in...

Fair Work Scheduling

Fair work scheduling policies need further study before conclusions can be made about the impact of such policies on outcomes during the prenatal-to-3 period. Unpredictable,...

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