With an eye toward making the most of this moment, this brief: • Examines the availability, affordability, and costs of delivering regulated child care in Baltimore to better understand the pressures facing families and providers and to provide context for policymakers and advocates; • Takes a deep dive into the current implementation and funding of the Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program, which is of particular importance to families and providers who depend on the program’s subsidies to help cover the cost of care; • Reviews emerging strategies to shore up the business operations of child care by supporting networks of providers that work together to share costs and improve program quality; • Discusses what the expansion of prekindergarten might mean for child care providers and how systems might work together to address existing gaps and provide high-quality early care and education to all children; • Looks at the recent history of public funding for early care and education in Maryland along with new investments on the horizon; and • Suggests immediate opportunities for action. (author abstract)
Child care after COVID: Equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in the financing and delivery of child care in Baltimore and Maryland
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