Elise Cranston

Elise Cranston
Elise Cranston is the Director of Advocacy for Child Care Aware of America, working to grow our organization’s efforts to engage stakeholders in advocacy for safe, quality, and affordable childcare for all families. With over a decade of service in the non-profit sector, Elise is a dedicated advocate and leader focused on championing health and education initiatives tailored to under-resourced communities, working towards a future with equitable access to essential services for all. She began her career as an English teacher, and she earned a Master of Education from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor of Arts in American History and Political Science from the University of Alabama.

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Learning from Relief Funding: A Look at Outreach and Education Efforts Across the Country

By Elise Cranston on June 25, 2024


Child care received $52.5 billion in temporary federal relief funding to help the sector recover and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. Research shows that the investments have made a difference in lowering prices for families and increasing child care employment and wages, which helped stabilize the market in a time of turmoil. This funding, especially stabilization grants made available under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), gave each state an opportunity to make much-needed improvements to their child care system. States are required to spend any remaining amounts by September 2024 and, unfortunately, further federal investments have not been made. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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