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Hannah Matthews
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Ms. Matthews is the director of the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP. She works at the federal and state levels on child care and early education promoting policies that support both healthy child development and the needs of low-income working parents. Ms. Matthews' expertise is in the areas of child care subsidies, cultural competency, infants and toddlers, and early childhood systems. She has written extensively about financing high quality early care and education systems, the federal child care subsidy program and its importance for low-income families, and state and local policies to create and implement high quality early childhood programs.  She is the author or co-author of numerous publications, including several publications on immigrant families' access to early education, reports on the use of Title I funds for early childhood programs, and analyses of federal and state child care subsidy policies. Ms. Matthews previously held policy analyst and senior policy analyst roles at CLASP. Prior to CLASP, Ms. Matthews held research assistant positions at the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations, the Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies, and Voices for America's Children. She also worked at Human Rights Watch. Ms. Matthews earned a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree from the George Washington University. Follow her on Twitter, @hnmatthews. 

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The Children Are Still Poor in America

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Since the early part of the decade, the number of young children -- those from birth to five years of age -- living in poverty in the United States has been climbing. While that number held steady in 2012, according to data released today from the U.S. Census, the

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When a Headline Isn't News: Child Poverty Persists

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:23 PM

One in four young children under age 6 in the U.S. lives in poverty. But this fact, from today's U.S. Census report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2011, is not breaking news. In fact, perhaps one of the most troubling things about today's report is...

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As School Districts Compete for Federal Race to the Top Dollars, It's Time to Think Beyond School Walls

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 9:50 AM

On May 22, the U.S. Department of Education released draft criteria for its latest competition: the Race to the Top (RTT) District competition. While early education is not prominently included in the draft criteria, it remains an option for school districts to include.

School districts concerned with...

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For Mother's Day: A Present That Values Families

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 4:52 PM

Mother's Day unifies the nation as we all scurry to find the right Hallmark card, fancy flowers or some proverbial chocolates to honor she who labored us into this world. The treats, however, can't sweeten a bitter fact: our country, while touting that it values families, gives scant evidence of...

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