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As states seek to invest in cost modeling tools, providers and funders must think strategically about how the tools can best be used. This issue brief explores how tools can answer some of the most pressing questions facing the early childhood field such as workforce compensation, increasing child care supply, and determining subsidy rates that meet the true cost of care. The brief includes examples from NM, DC, TX, NYC, and MA.
The Center for American Progress partnered with community leaders to learn directly from parents and providers about challenges of living in child care deserts in Nashua, NH; Grand Rapids, MI; and Albuquerque, NM. The Center recommends that sustained investments in child care can transform the system by building supply, expanding affordability, and supporting the workforce. An additional resource is a map of child care deserts based on earlier data collection that can be found here: https://childcaredeserts.org. This resource supports equity.
The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) developed a map of OST programs and the relationship with population density, poverty, and Social Vulnerability Index in Virginia as a way to highlight gaps in the availability of programs. The OST Access Map project is now being used as an advocacy tool to expand access to more children. This project could serve as a model for other states.
This Bipartisan Policy Center webinar explores what cost modeling is and how it can inform investments in child care. Experts highlight why both cost modeling and market rate surveys are useful to increase the access, quality, and sustainability of the child care sector. There is an associated report, Charting the Path Forward for Child Care: Using Cost Modeling to Design New Solutions.
The Center for Law and Policy has created this list of state-by-state increases for FY 2023 CCDBG appropriations. The Ominibus Bill includes $8 billion in total annual discretionary funds for CCDBG, which represents a 30 percent increase, providing an opportunity to respond to increased needs and ensure funding keeps up with rising inflation. This is the second largest increase in history of CCDBG.
In this series of reports, Child Care Aware of America explores child care challenges and how to accelerate needed changes to offer accessible, affordable, and quality care. The first report provides state-by-state information on Supply and Quality Trends. In this first report, some states provide data on the number of school-age only programs or spaces, as well as centers and FCC homes and QRIS participation. The second report looks at Price of Care, and although it doesn't include school-age costs, it captures that the cost of early childhood care is exceeding the rise in inflation.
This report from the Urban Institute explores the use of CCDF child care subsidy payment rates and practices to try to expand the supply of specific types of child care that are in shorter supply (e.g., infants and toddlers, children with special needs, those needing non-traditional hour care, in communities of color). The report is the result of a literature review, expert interviews, shared preliminary findings with child care providers and provider organizations, and small group interviews with child care leads. The report finds that while CCDF funds and raising payment rates are necessary, this will not be sufficient, given that only a fraction of eligible children receive subsidies.
This guide/toolkit, created by EducationCounsel and the Wallace Foundation, can help district leaders, OST providers, and intermediaries identify federal funding streams to support equitable access to summer and afterschool learning. It groups funding streams into three broad headings: (1) creating and sustaining equitable conditions for learning; (2) preparing for program delivery; and (3) building and aligning ecosystems of support. Within these categories, the guide identifies funding streams for seven elements that emerged from a review of research and conversations with national and local out-of-school time leaders. The companion webinar is available here: Using Federal Funds for Summer Learning and Afterschool: A new Guide for Providers, School Districts, and Intermediaries. This resource supports equity.
This brief is based on a review of selected states’ school-age childcare licensing requirements. It draws on a scan of state childcare licensing regulations conducted by the Afterschool Alliance; it also includes information from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). The brief offers state childcare licensing agencies a list of key considerations for creating school-age licensing requirements that meaningfully address school-age needs in areas including:
- Staff Qualifications and Professional Development Requirements
- Age-Appropriate Health and Safety Training
- Developmentally Appropriate Programming
This resource is available in Spanish.