Funding blending

Developing Fiscal Analyses and Children’s Budgets to Support ECCS

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.

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.

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.

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.

Self-Assessment of Financing Strategies Tool

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.

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.

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.

Spending Smarter A Funding Guide for Policymakers and Advocates to Promote Social and Emotional Health and School Readiness

This guide describes effective programs, highlights policy opportunities, and offers fiscal strategies to promote the emotional health of young children and their families. It provides state and local leaders with strategies to maximize existing funding streams, with a focus on maximizing federal funding.

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.

Maternal and Child Health: About Us

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.