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New Resources from the State Capacity Building Center

March 7, 2017

We are pleased to share several new resources from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC). SCBC works with State and Territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program, improving the quality and supply of infant-toddler services, and advancing the development of early childhood systems.

We welcome you to use these resources and to share with others who might benefit from them.

Infant-Toddler Resource Guide. This guide offers materials to support the development and implementation of policies and practices for high-quality care for infants and toddlers for:

  • CCDF administrators, their staff members, and State policy professionals
  • Child care resource and referral administrators, training organization directors and trainers, higher education institution administrators and early childhood and child development faculty members, and technical assistance (TA) organization administrators and providers

Infant-toddler teachers, center directors, and family child care providers.

Content will be added monthly throughout 2017.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Six Essential Program Practices for Relationship-Based Care. This compilation addresses evidence-based program practices that support positive outcomes for infants and toddlers in group care settings. Information shared in this series can be used to inform policy decisions and written guidance (for example, staff training materials, parent handbooks, program philosophy statements, job descriptions) to support high-quality responsive care practices for infants and toddlers. The six papers are:

State Early Childhood Systems: Examining Program Integration. This resource includes a conceptual framework for understanding governance functions and the ways that integration fits into governance, showcases practical work in States on integration, and discusses the implications of this work for State leaders.

State-Local Models and Approaches Designed to Build Strong Early Learning Systems: What States Have Learned. This document provides an overview of State-local models addressing early care and education, identifying models, themes across models, and promising practices for State-local systems-building.

Using Contracts and Grants to Build the Supply of High-Quality Child Care: State Strategies and Practices. This paper, co-produced with the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability, provides information about State and Territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, including an overview of States’ and Territories’ current approaches to the use of contracts and grants, contract and grant payment practices, monitoring processes for grants and contracts, and lessons learned and best practices.

CCDF Fundamentals PowerPoint Tool. The CCDF Fundamentals information provided on this Web page has been used for years to help acclimate new CCDF administrators with regard to their role and the CCDF program. It is also a good resource for administrators and fiscal staff members within lead agencies who need a base of understanding of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This new version of CCDF Fundamentals training was updated by a collaborative workgroup, including CCDF administrators, Federal agency staff members, and TA partners, and reflects the changes related to the CCDBG Act of 2014 and CCDF regulations published in September 2016.

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