The early care and education system in the United States has not kept pace with the rapid changes in family life and new scientific understandings about how young children learn. Many children and their families currently experience difficulties in accessing high-quality early care and education and disparities exist across socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigrant status, and geography. In an effort to support early childhood workforce improvement efforts taking place across the country, authors of a new National Academy of Medicine discussion paper are making a public commitment to work collaboratively in the coming years to help coordinate and align the early care and education provided to young children. These national organizations recognize the important link between the well-being of children and the well-being of the adults who care for and educate them and are dedicated to making sure our youngest children are adequately supported in their most vulnerable years.  You can see all the details at