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Education

CAP’s Education Department aims to change America’s approach to early childhood, K-12 education, higher education, and lifelong learning by ensuring equitable access to resources, developing community-centered policies, and promoting the ability to participate fully in an inclusive economy built on a strong democracy.

Students walk to their classrooms at a public middle school in Los Angeles, California, September 10, 2021. (Getty/Robyn Beck/AFP)

What We're Doing

Modernize and elevate the teaching profession

CAP has identified a series of proposals, including a grant program that would increase recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators in schools with the highest teacher turnover, helping ensure equitable access to great teaching in school districts across the country.

Provide access to quality, affordable child care

CAP has helped shape key child care and preschool policy proposals, many of which are included in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda, and furthered the understanding of child care research, including cost of care, child care deserts, family spending, and workforce participation.

Promote investments in higher education

CAP has advocated for investments in higher education, including better supporting community college and part-time students, boosting the Pell Grant for low-income students, investing in minority-serving institutions, and recognizing the importance of robust student advising and wraparound supports.

Featured work

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Investing in Educators Through the American Families Plan Sign-On Letter

Investing in Educators Through the American Families Plan

Led by Teach Plus, this letter to Congress asks that $9 billion in funding be included in the American Families Plan to invest in the teaching workforce.

Teach Plus, partners

Joint Comments for the Department of Education Regarding Unfinished Learning, Accelerated Learning, and Tutoring Sign-On Letter

Joint Comments for the Department of Education Regarding Unfinished Learning, Accelerated Learning, and Tutoring

The Center for American Progress joined some of its partners to recommend ways that the Department of Education can support state and local efforts to spend learning-related federal relief funds.

The Education Trust, Education Reform Now, FutureEd, 2 More the Center for American Progress, Success for All

Recommending the Establishment of an Interagency Working Group on the Teaching Profession Sign-On Letter

Recommending the Establishment of an Interagency Working Group on the Teaching Profession

Led by the Center for American Progress, this letter requests that the Biden administration establish an interagency working group focused on modernizing, diversifying, and elevating the teaching profession.

the Center for American Progress, partners

Supporting the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act (S. 2887) Sign-On Letter

Supporting the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act (S. 2887)

Led by the Center for American Progress, this letter expresses support for the Classrooms Reflecting Communities Act.

the Center for American Progress, partners

Co-Sponsoring a Resolution in Support of No Name-Calling Week Sign-On Letter

Co-Sponsoring a Resolution in Support of No Name-Calling Week

Led by GLSEN, this letter urges members of Congress to co-sponsor a new proposed resolution affirming the goals and ideals of No Name-Calling Week.

GLSEN, partners

Supporting the Expansion of Next Generation Community Schools Sign-On Letter

Supporting the Expansion of Next Generation Community Schools

Scott Sargrad joins his fellow members of the Task Force on Next Generation Community Schools to write a letter to the incoming Biden-Harris administration about supporting community schools.

The Task Force on Next Generation Community Schools

Co-Sponsoring the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act (S. 4360/H.R. 7848) Sign-On Letter

Co-Sponsoring the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act (S. 4360/H.R. 7848)

Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, this letter urges members of Congress to co-sponsor the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, partners

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