A number of states made notable progress on early care and education this year, expanding investments and improving policies to increase families’ access to child care assistance and prekindergarten programs. However, additional federal and state investments are needed to ensure families in all states have access to high-quality child care and early education that enables parents to work and children to enter school ready to succeed. This fact sheet highlighs some of the key developments in state early care and education policies from the past year.