The Foundation researches and educates on women’s issues to acknowledge barriers and identify opportunities.


Commissioned by the WNY Women’s Foundation and created by UB Regional Institute, the 2010 Pathways to Progress Report examined the issues facing women and girls in our community. The report started an ongoing region-wide dialogue about the best ways to support and elevate women and girls.

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2, a report created by the WNY Women’s Foundation, keeps us moving forward. The new report expands the dialogue with updated data that explore the current status of women and girls in WNY. By diving into the barriers women face throughout their lifespans, the report highlights opportunities and success stories. This educational tool is available to the community thanks to the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation of Western & Central NY, John R. Oishei Foundation, Joy Family Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, SEFCU, and WNY Foundation.

Download Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2. Read it, digest, and find the connections that you can make to the women and girls in your family, community, and work. The full reference list for the report is available for download and many of the reports cited are included in this data hub. 

In our effort to educate the community and raise awareness, the Foundation has curated research and organized it by topic area. The research below can be filtered by topic with citations and links to original researchers. Alternately, it can be sorted by date of publication. Contact us if your organization has a report to include.

Topic: Childcare Accessibility

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Child Care

Published Sep. 2019

For parents who work nights and weekends, study finds child care is especially difficult

Despite the apparent gap between supply and need, child care providers aren’t rushing to fill the void.

Published Jun. 2019 PA Post

Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda

Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda outlines the important role state policymakers can play to ensure equity in their states’ early education efforts.

Published May. 2019 CLASP

Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies

Child care is an essential support for families, allowing parents to work while their children learn and grow in a safe environment. Many families with low incomes qualify for child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), but few get the support they need due to a lack of investment in the program.

Published Apr. 2019 CLASP

The Child Care Crisis is Keeping Women out of the Work Force

Challenges of staying at work while raising a child- families forced to make the decision to leave work to become full-time caregiver or to stay at work and struggle to pay childcare's high-costs.

Published Mar. 2019 American Progress

The State of Early Learning in NY

Plans to improve NYS education system and increase opportunity

Published Feb. 2019 Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College

The State of New York’s Children

Overview of NYS General Children Statistics in 2019

Published Jan. 2019 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Understanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Deserts

Building on previous child care deserts analysis conducted by the Center for American Progress, this study quantifies the extent of this problem by analyzing the availability of licensed child care for infants and toddlers in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Published Oct. 2018 Center for American Progress

Child Care is Essential to Enhance Productivity Today and Tomorrow

Access to high-quality childcare contributes for a stronger workforce in NY

Published Mar. 2018 Council for a Strong America

Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20

Quebec’s childcare program and noting what other provinces seeking to develop comparable programs might learn from it.

Published Jan. 2018 Inroads Journal

Undervalued a Brief History of Women’s Care Work and Child Care Policy in the United States

In Part I, this report provides a brief overview of the state of child care in the United States. Part II traces how—through the persistent denigration of the care work performed by women, especially women of color, and resulting public policy decisions—we arrived at this point. and Part III identifies the policy solutions that are needed to move toward a system that works for both families and child care providers.

Published Dec. 2017 National Women's Law Center

Small Businesses Face Barriers to Affordable Child Care, Support Expanded Access

Small business owners know how important it is to retain a productive and talented workforce. Lack of access to affordable child care, however, is hurting small businesses and their workforce by increasing absenteeism and decreasing productivity

Published Sep. 2017 Small Business Majority

Supporting New York State’s Economic Development Efforts by Expanding Access to Quality Child Care

While many other states—and New York—have directed limited economic development dollars toward child care, there is an opportunity here for New York to become the first in the nation to make investing in quality child care a key economic development strategy.

Published Sep. 2017 SCAA Schuyler Center for analysis and advocacy

A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

Making more affordable, accommodating, and accessible child care

Published Sep. 2017 Center for American Progress

Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education

Plans for a more successful education

Published Sep. 2017 ECE Executive Committee

Senate Committee on Children & Families Assembly Standing Committee on Children & Families Assembly Legislative Taskforce on Women’s Issues

Hearing to examine barriers to accessing quality child day care and how such lack of access relates to a variety of issues including child development, family stability and the economy.

Published May. 2017 Empire Justice Center

The Family-Friendly Campus Imperative: Supporting Success Among Community College Students with Children

Ensuring Economic Security and Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Nation

Published Mar. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

What does good child care reform look like?

Gaps in current child care policy and assessing quality and affordability of potential policy initiatives

Published Mar. 2017 Economic Policy Institute

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Child Care

Improving access to high-quality child care is at the forefront of the national policy debate. Legislators, policymakers, and voters are recognizing that the economy depends on working families and that working families depend on high-quality, affordable child care. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have introduced child care legislation, and for the first time ever, both major party presidential candidates have introduced child care proposals.

Published Oct. 2016 Center for American Progress

Strategies to Meet the Child Care Needs of Low-Income Parents Seeking Education and Training

Nationwide, there are low-income parents who need additional education or training to better support their families. However, they can face daunting challenges to achieving this goal. In addition to challenges common among low-wage workers—low education levels, financial pressures, and limited opportunities—low-income parents struggle with child care needs that limit their ability to participate in and complete education and training.

Published Sep. 2016 Urban Institute