Early Childhood

Research has demonstrated the benefits of pre-K and early childhood educational programs. Yet, despite overwhelming evidence of its importance for educational success, most 3- and 4-year-olds in the United States do not have access to publicly funded programs. Quality child care that includes developmental and educational components must be made more accessible. Head Start and other Early Education initiatives deserve increased support at the federal, state and local levels.

Girls Discovered: Global Maps of Adolescent Girls

What do we know about girls?

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Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

This report highlights numerous examples of how American Recovery and Reinvestments Act funds have made an important difference for children and families by enabling access to child care assistance, as well as investments in the quality of care. Most notably, ARRA child care funds are helping to prevent families from losing the assistance they need, and expanding this important support to families who have been waiting for much-needed help.

Despite the ARRA funds, states are facing serious budget shortfalls and several have made cuts that negatively impact the availability, affordability, and quality of child care.  With ARRA funds expected to expire at the end of 2010, and a grim outlook for states’ budgets, child care still hangs in balance.


Southern Strategy Study

Ms. Foundation work in US South. Study for W.K. Kellogg Foundation Women's Philanthropy and Poverty Cluster.

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Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, the Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, the Former Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative (2007-2009) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. 


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Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future (Summit October 2010)

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010

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