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: Childhood

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Early Childhood

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Child Care

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Caregiving

Published Sep. 2019

Pennsylvania Makes Degree Apprenticeships Part of its Strategy for Preparing a Qualified Early Learning Workforce

In late April, Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) convened 11 of the state’s institutions of higher education that prepare the early childhood education (ECE) teachers. The convening took place on the heels of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Economic Summit, highlighting the critical role that quality ECE plays in children's social-emotional development, academic success, and career trajectories. It was part of a broader state-wide effort to build ECE registered apprenticeships for incumbent and future early childhood professionals.

Published Jun. 2019 New America

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

Building the Case for Culturally Specific P-3 Strategies in Oregon

Oregon policymakers have opportunity to address early learning by investing into work of culturally specific organizations within the P-3 system of supports.

Published Apr. 2019 Oregon Community Foundation

Schuyler Center’s Last Look at the State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget

On April 1, 2019, the New York State Legislature and Governor reached agreement on the 2019-20 State Budget. Schuyler Center’s Last Look is our assessment of the enacted State budget as it compares to Schuyler Center’s policy priorities.

Published Apr. 2019 SCAA Schuyler Center for analysis and advocacy

A Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs

This guide provides practitioners, advocates, and policymakers with information and resources to design and implement “safe space” policies that safeguard early childhood programs against immigration enforcement.

Published Apr. 2019 CLASP

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

Testimony of Center for Children’s Initiatives

Joint Legislative Public Hearing 2019-20, Executive Budget Proposal: Elementary and Secondary Education

Published Feb. 2019 Center for Children's Initiatives

The State of New York’s Children

Overview of NYS General Children Statistics in 2019

Published Jan. 2019 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy


This 30th edition of the Data Book examines how America’s child population has changed, demographically and geographically. Many of the contrasts are dramatic.

Published Jan. 2019 The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Creating an Integrated Efficient Early Care and Education System to Support Children and Families: A State-by-State Analysis

Creating an early care and education system to support children & their families

Published Dec. 2018 BiPartisan Policy Center

Early Childhood Agenda for Governors in 2019

In this report, CAP lays out an agenda for governors to make progress on early childhood in 2019 and beyond. Families need affordable, high-quality early childhood programs and supports for healthy child development from birth to kindergarten that reflect parents’ needs and prepare children for school.

Published Dec. 2018 Center for American Progress

Improving NY Child Welfare Outcomes by Strengthening Family Economic Security

NYS Childhood Poverty and their steps to decrease these rates

Published Dec. 2018 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Looking Toward the Future: A Review of Western New York’s Early Childhood System

Together with partners across Western Yew York (including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties), Liftoff engaged Public Sector Consultants to provide an outside, objective review of early childhood systems and programs in the region. We hope this report will be the foundation for many conversations in the months and years to come.

Published Jul. 2018 Cornell University ILR School

Understanding Hidden Drivers: Unique Challenges, High Costs, No Vote in Rochester City School District Budgets

This policy brief explains some major drivers of revenues and expenditures, puts RCSD’s per pupil spending in context with other districts and poses questions for further study.

Published Jan. 2018 The Children's Agenda

Opportunities Foreclosed, Equity Denied


Published Jan. 2018 Alliance for Quality Education

Principles to Improve Family Outcomes

Plans to improve NYS education system and increase opportunity

Published Oct. 2017 Center on Developing Child at Harvard University

Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education

Plans for a more successful education

Published Sep. 2017 ECE Executive Committee

Investing in the next generation

A Bottom-Up Approach to Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Youth

Published Aug. 2017 Brookings Institution

Third-Grade Proficiency in Erie County

The importance of third-graders performing with grade-level proficiency and the proficiency level of third graders in Erie County.

Published Jun. 2017 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

State of Play in WNY

For a complete look at the state of youth sports in our communities.

Published Jun. 2017 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

WNY Girls in Sports

The purpose of this report is to explore the following questions: 1. Are girls in Buffalo active and playing sports, and do gender disparities exist? 2. What opportunities exist for girls to play sports in Buffalo? 3. What barriers are most identified as hindering sports participation locally? 4. How have these barriers been overcome for urban girls in other cities?

Published Sep. 2016 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Improving the Odds: Seven Principles for Investing in Early Care and Education

Across ideological divides, there is consensus that investing early makes common sense—it is the right thing to do and saves tax dollars down the road. With heightened appreciation and urgency comes increased investment. To enhance the effectiveness of this surge in investment, we’ve written this guide to share lessons from our many years of working in early care and education.

Published May. 2016 FSG

Expanding Learning Through School-Community Partnerships in New York State

This paper is intended to provide a set of recommendations to guide state policymakers and agencies, school districts, schools, and community-based partners in their efforts to support high-quality partnerships for expanded learning.

Published Feb. 2016 NYS Network for Youth Success


This issue brief examines evidence on the prevalence of unpredictable and non-standard work schedules, and on how such schedules impair children’s development. It concludes by proposing policy solutions.

Published Aug. 2015 Economic Policy Institute

The Status of Women in the States

The Status of Women in New York, 2015: Highlights

Published Jan. 2015 Institute for Women's Policy Research