Category: Early Childhood

How Childcare Can Make Returning to Work Possible

Millions of families across the country count on childcare providers to allow them to work while at the same time ensuring their child receives high-quality and developmentally appropriate care. In all regions of the United States, cities are working to stabilize small businesses in their community but may not have thought about the critical sector that allows workers to be present in their jobs.  Across the United States, there are more than 19.8 million children under the age of

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Empowering Youth in Your Community

Cities from around the country of various sizes are implementing important actions that engage youth as an asset in COVID-19 responses. City leaders are committed to authentically engaging their community and find it especially challenging during the pandemic. Youths are a vital asset to cities, all the more so in these difficult times. When thinking about authentic youth engagement to help fill the

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Innovative Partnerships Essential to Support Early Childhood Success

Partnerships are key to the success of Tucson’s Family Engagement Network and the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Florida in improving early childhood outcomes. While the two organizations differ in how long they’ve been working to promote early childhood success, both organizations name similar key elements to successfully partnering with local government and community

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Replicable Ways to Support the Early Childhood Workforce in Your City

There are countless reasons why supporting the early childhood workforce is central to an economically thriving community. Much like construction workers shape our infrastructure through building our cities’ roads, bridges, and buildings, the early childhood workforce plays an integral role in shaping the development of our most valuable resource—young children. Municipal leaders recognize the importance

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Local Leaders From 13 Cities Take On Early Childhood Workforce

When municipal leaders support the early childhood workforce, they ensure the youngest citizens have high-quality early experiences that lead to improved outcomes later in life. In May, the National League of Cities hosted local leaders from 13 cities for an early childhood workforce roundtable. Leaders gathered for the release of a new resource to increase

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Why Cities Should Support Paid Parental Leave

The United States is the only industrialized nation without a formal policy that guarantees workers paid time off when they become new parents. To support healthy families and strengthen the economy, cities should consider implementing paid parental leave policies. Although the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible workers up to twelve weeks of unpaid

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Five Things You Wish Your Community’s Early Childhood Programs Knew

Cities, towns, and villages are places of innovation and solution finding.  If you want to improve early childhood wellbeing—local leaders are key partners. The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Learning Community is a program of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village. The learning community’s goal is to support local early childhood coalitions and build

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Here’s a Quality Childcare Alternative Your Municipality Should Support

Finding safe and affordable quality childcare is a tough challenge for families with young children. While many families are familiar with center-based care, family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is another common option. Definitions of FFN care differ across states. The term generally refers to care provided at a residence by providers who do not

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How This Local Leader Makes Supporting Moms Policy

On Mother’s Day, many families will either spend precious time with their moms or celebrate the legacies their moms left behind with fond memories. Municipal leaders across the country know that having a thriving and vibrant community means supporting mothers. This commitment to families is seen in the policies and practices that cities, towns, and

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Building an Early Learning Nation—One Neighborhood Block at a Time

Last month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families brought local leaders from 14 cites together in Orlando, Fla. as part of its City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation initiative. During the meeting, local leaders had an opportunity to hear from Orlando city officials who are taking a neighborhood approach to build an

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