Place and race matter

Head Start and Child Care Development Block Grant access by race, ethnicity, and location
Published: 01.24.2017 Updated: 01.16.2020

Find out how race, ethnicity, and location influence children's access to early childhood education in this webinar featuring research from and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). The webinar examines neighborhood- and state-level access to Head Start and child care by race, ethnicity, and nativity. Policy implications of this research are also explored, with particular focus on for Hispanic and immigrant children and families.

Despite the known lasting impact early childhood experiences can have on children's future health and well-being, racial and ethnic disparities in access to early childhood opportunities persist even in income-based programs like Head Start. This webinar features data from addressing the share of eligible children with a Head Start center in their neighborhood and the child-to-center ratio, as well as analysis from CLASP on early childhood education programs and the Child Care and Development Block Grant administrative data. 


  • Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Project Director,
  • Erin Hardy, Research Director,
  • Stephanie Schmit, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP
  • Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum
Headshot of Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Director, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Erin Hardy
Erin Hardy
Senior Research Scientist , NORC

Funding for this webinar was provided by the Annie. E. Casey Foundation.