Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Funding blending

Building A Sustainable Future: Analysis of the Fiscal Resources Supporting Children from Birth ThroughAge 8 in Michigan

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.

Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single-Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System

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.

Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit

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.

Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education

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.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-age Programs

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.

The First Seven Years: The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009

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.

All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten

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.

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