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Linda Smith and Tim Shaw: One Way to Fix the Child Care Crisis? Look to the Tax Law

Education / News October 15, 2018

A small but important provision in last year’s tax law could provide an unlikely solution to America’s mounting child care crisis.

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Linda Smith: Helping Children Succeed

Education / News October 15, 2018

As our neighborhoods grow and employment opportunities become more robust, it is critical to consider the child care and early learning needs of working families.

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Putting Parents Front and Center

Linda Smith, Sarah Tracey / Blog October 5, 2018

As the emphasis placed on the importance of parents and parenting increases, access to supports, resources, and parent engagement opportunities should as well.

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Getting the Workforce Priorities Right – Putting Equal Focus on Directors

Linda Smith / Blog July 25, 2018

Good early childhood teachers do not stay when directors are weak, just as good public-school teachers are unlikely to stay when schools’ principals are weak.

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Focusing on Fragmentation of Early Childhood Funding Overshadows the Real Issue: Inadequate Funding

Linda Smith / Blog June 26, 2018

It’s a common talking point: the main problems with the early childhood system are fragmentation and duplication of federal programs. But that axiom is as dubious as the predictable solution that often accompanies it: give states more flexibility. A closer…

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Building Support for Early Childhood Excellence

Education / Page June 4, 2018

BPC partnered with Luntz Global to survey conservative and liberal viewpoints on child care and early learning.

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Moving Beyond the Degree Debate

Linda Smith / Blog April 30, 2018

Whether or not an early childhood educator has a degree should not be the sole—or even primary—identifying factor of the profession.

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Are Networks the Key to the Future of Family Child Care?

Linda Smith / Blog April 3, 2018

While fewer children are cared for in in-home and family child care (FCC) than in child care centers, FCC is an important part of the early care and learning landscape.

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Society Benefits from More Bilingual Young Children

Linda Smith / Blog March 5, 2018

In addition to allowing individuals to more fully participate in an increasingly global economy, bilingualism has been shown to have cognitive benefits.

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Letter in Support of the Child Care and Development Block Grant

Education / Research March 5, 2018

Co-Chairs of BPC’s Early Childhood Initiative, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Rep. George Miller, wrote to congressional leaders thanking them for prioritizing significant additional funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.  

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