This planning tool provides a matrix for examining financing strategies by looking at their advantages and ways to enhance them, disadvantages and ways to mitigate them, and other possible benefits.
This report analyzes funding for children from birth through age 8 in Michigan to capture the transition from the early childhood system to the school-age system. It provides an account of federal, state, and private expenditures supporting children and their families in fiscal year 2010 and identifies how recent economic challenges have affected the early childhood system in Michigan.
This paper argues that current approaches to early childhood research, policy development, and investment are too narrow and only address one aspect of the entire system. It advocates for a broader approach that focuses on systemic reform, universal access, improved quality, accountability, increased respect for the value of children and the families who raise them, and increased public investments in services and leadership. The paper culminates with a concrete proposal for reforming the early childhood system.
This toolkit provides guidance and resources related to blending and braiding early childhood funding streams. It was designed to support state advocates and policymakers with making policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in high-quality early learning programs.
This guide describes state policy strategies that look beyond the major sources of child care and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing sources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings. It provides state policymakers and advocates with approaches that facilitate the innovative use of funds, encourage partnerships at the state and local level, and replicate promising models from other States.
This brief offers state early childhood comprehensive system (ECCS) initiatives practical advice on conducting fiscal scans and creating early childhood budgets. Fiscal analysis and planning are essential for building a state or community fiscal infrastructure to support and sustain early childhood comprehensive system plans.
This strategy brief describes approaches and considerations for using the Child Care and Development Fund to support quality improvement in school- age programs. It is intended to provide information for Child Care and Development Fund administrators looking to improve access to high-quality school-age care that reflects the unique needs of school-age children. The brief is based on a review of the literature and interviews with state child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.
This Web page provides information about the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It lays out the mission of the bureau and outlines some of its specific achievements.
This resource provides a brief history of the BUILD initiative and reports on progress made during its first seven years working with States to build early learning systems. It reports on State progress related to key early childhood systems building indicators and highlights major State accomplishments.
This report studies the emergence of the mixed-delivery model in which prekindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It focuses on policies associated with implementing prekindergarten programs in community-based child care settings, as opposed to Head Start programs, community colleges, and other types of programs. The majority of States implementing prekindergarten programs have opted for some version of mixed delivery.