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Our Work in the States

50-State Policy Tracker

How progressive is your state? NCCP's policy tracker looks at ten critical work supports:

  1. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Subsidies
  2. Family and Medical Leave
  3. Income Tax Liability
  4. Minimum Wage Standards
  5. Public Health Insurance
  6. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  7. State Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
  8. State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  9. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  10. Unemployment Insurance


Our Latest

The National Center for Children in Poverty has updated its Early Childhood Two-Generation State Policy Profiles.
The profiles provide a two-generation view of current policies affecting children birth to age 8, nationally and state-by-state, in the areas of early care and education, health, and parenting/family economic supports.

State Immigration Enforcement Policies: How they Impact Low-Income Households

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education
Trauma can take many forms in children’s lives — such as experiencing abuse or neglect, losing or being separated from a parent, having a serious injury or illness, or feeling high levels of stress associated with living in poverty. Young children are especially vulnerable to harm, as the first years of life are when the brain is rapidly developing and children are acquiring cognitive and social-emotional skills, and the ability to form healthy attachments to others. A new report by Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty, Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education, makes important recommendations to policymakers and early care and education (ECE) professionals, both of whom can promote trauma-informed care.

Helping Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health through Medicaid
An increasing number of states are investing in the well-being and success of young children by expanding mental health services in pediatric, home, and community settings, according to a recently updated NCCP report.

Research Connections

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high-quality research and its use in policymaking by providing online access to thousands of:

  • Journal articles
  • Government reports
  • Research reviews
  • Policy briefs

Research Connections regularly highlights current policy and research developments in the field through its bi-weekly e-newsletter and on, and is the central access point for products developed by federally funded early care and education research workgroups. Research Connections also publishes its own:

  • Bibliographies
  • Research syntheses
  • Research-to-policy briefs

It supports new research by making available public access to child care and early education data, which can be downloaded or used online free of charge, and by conducting training on data analysis. Launched in 2004, Research Connections is a partnership of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, and is funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services