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Connecticut

Using Contracts and Grants to Build the Supply of High Quality Child Care: State Strategies and Practices

This paper provides information on state and territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, beginning with an overview of States and Territories whose 2016–18 CCDF Plans indicate that they are currently using contracts and grants. Topics addressed include the following:

State Policies that Support Business Practices of Child Care Providers

This brief provides an overview of strategies that States and Territories can employ to promote and strengthen business practices and leadership in early childhood settings. This resource, which draws on state examples, is divided into four key sections: Licensing; Quality Rating and Improvement Systems; Professional Development; and Resources.

State Legislation and Early Childhood Systems, 2010-2015

States are successfully working with their legislatures and governors to pass legislation that supports comprehensive early childhood (EC) systems, with a focus on better integration of programs, policies, and services to benefit young children and their families. This report profiles six diverse States that have successfully passed legislation aimed at advancing their EC system. The State legislation profiled in this report illustrates a new era in EC policymaking. The provisions are designed to build a stronger and more coordinated system to serve young children and their families.

Consumer Education: Child Care Services and Resources for Choosing Care

This issue brief focuses on how to support families in choosing quality care and understanding a QRIS. Innovative state examples describe various ways to inform parents about what to look for when searching for child care, including guidebooks, checklists, videos, and public awareness campaigns. This is one of a series of four issue briefs that address Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requirements and provide state examples and links to state Web sites that can serve as examples for States and Territories in enhancing their own consumer education efforts.

Consumer Education: Full Diversity of Support Services for Families

This issue brief provides examples and brief descriptions of state Web sites that effectively direct families to specific support services and other supplemental resources.