Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Governance

Increasing State and Local Capacity for Cross-Systems Innovation: Assessing Flexibility and Opportunities under Current Law

This paper aims to improve understanding of the flexibility, opportunities, and barriers that exist under current federal law with respect to cross-program integration within human services programs and across the welfare and workforce systems. It analyzes three models for service integration and presents recommendations for the Federal executive and legislative branches of government.

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.

Pathway to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade

This report presents the Pathway to Third Grade School Success framework, which aims to guide choices made by community coalitions, service providers, researchers, funders, and policymakers to achieve desired outcomes for children and their families. The Pathway framework assembles a wealth of findings from research, practice, theory, and policy about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those living in tough neighborhoods.

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.

Early Learning Challenge

This Web page provides information about the Early Learning Challenge, including an e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The Early Learning Challenge is a major federal funding initiative supporting States in their efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs that support children from birth through age five (particularly those at high risk).

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