Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

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

This strategy brief provides information and considerations for Child Care and Development Fund administrators and other policymakers working to improve access to high-quality care that meets the needs of school-age children. It provides a framework that illustrates ways the Child Care and Development Fund and other resources can be used to build a strongly aligned system of quality improvement for children from birth through age 12 and older. The brief also details the results of interviews with State child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States. Respondents offered promising approaches to investing time and resources in six system components: governance and coordination, regulations, program and practitioner standards, program and practitioner supports, financing, and accountability.

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Other Federal Resource
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Publication Date: 
September, 2009
Child Care Bureau, Afterschool Investments Project