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 Quality

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Child Care

Published Sep. 2019

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

Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available

Stable, affordable housing and high-quality, affordable child care are essential to families’ economic stability, parents’ ability to work, and children’s healthy development. But due to inadequate funding, just 1 in 6 children eligible for child care assistance — and 1 in 5 families with children eligible for housing assistance — receives it.

Published Apr. 2019 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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

Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers

Using data from the Center for American Progress’ “Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?” tool and new analysis that estimates the cost of home-based family child care, this report looks at this “giant math equation” specifically as it relates to infant and toddler care.

Published Nov. 2018 Center for American Progress

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

When “Universal” Childcare isn’t Universally High-Quality

Quebec made up for shortages in its day-care system by letting private centers step in.

Published May. 2018 The Atlantic

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

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

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

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit

An early childhood workforce investment credit, modeled after the Louisiana school readiness tax credit, rewards professional development for child care providers and can foster the quality early childhood education (ECE) workforce necessary to promote children’s learning and school readiness.

Published Aug. 2017 Committee for Economic Development

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

New York State’s Bold Step to Ensure Access to Excellence in Early Childhood Education

QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality improvement and rating system for all types of regulated early childhood programs in New York State that serve children from birth through age five. QUALITYstarsNY uses research-based, culturally responsive program standards developed by New York’s leading early education experts to support programs to provide children with high quality early learning experiences.

Published Feb. 2016 Quality Stars NY

Proposed NYC bill helps parents identify day cares that are unlicensed and lack training

A bill to be introduced this week by Councilmembers Jimmy Vacca (D-Bronx) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) would require the city to publish reports listing the names and addresses of day care centers that have been shut down or given cease and desist orders because they were unlicensed.

Published Sep. 2015 New York Daily News