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Report or Brief 2017

Connecting the Steps

This brief analyzes actions taken by four states to address the difficulties that often come with the transition process from pre-k to kindergarten and discusses the opportunities and challenges with their various approaches.

view link by New America
Report or Brief 2017

One Size Doesn't Fit All

This report takes a closer look at teacher licensing laws and practices for elementary age students in four states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, and Arkansas) to better understand how different policy strategies affect  hiring, instruction, teacher practice, and young children themselves. 

view link by New America
PowerPoint 2017

Compensation Strategies 101

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the major strategies for improving early educators' compensation and the pros and cons of each. 

view link by TEACH Early Childhood National Center
Webinar, Video 2017

ECE Career Pathways: The Challenge of Compensation

This webinar reviews the current status of compensation policies and wages in early care and education, identifies barriers to higher compensation, and discusses how higher education and career pathways can lead to better wages. The webinar includes personal testimonies of two ECE teachers who have attained higher degrees or credentials and as a result, improved their compensation.

Report or Brief 2017

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Uneven State Implementation of Key Policies

This report tracks states’ progress in implementing the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization law.  The report focuses on four key state policy areas intended to ensure the health and safety of children in care, promote child care quality, and help families get and retain child care assistance.  Specifically, this report reviews: 1)      Additional staff hired to implement the law’s new licensing and monitoring requirements; 2)      Length of the eligibility period during which families can continue to receive child care assistance without having to recertify and interim reporting requirements during that period; 3)      Payment to child care providers for days when children receiving child care assistance are absent; 4)      Differential (higher) payment rates for special needs care, care during nontraditional hours, and other specialized care in short supply.

view link by NWLC
Searchable Database 2017

Data Explorer and State Profiles of Federal Early Childhood Programs

Database on various early care and education topics, including demographic information, program participation and funding, CCDF subsidy program administration, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives.

view link by U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Report or Brief 2016

Seizing New Policy Opportunities to Help Low-Income Mothers with Depression: Current Landscape, Innovations, and Next Steps

This paper details federal, state, and local efforts to help low-income mothers with depression, building on new policy provisions available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), recent federal decisions and guidance, and local and state innovations. 

view link by Center for Law and Social Policy
Report or Brief, 50-State Data 2016

Disparate Access

This brief highlights state-level data by race and ethnicity about differential access to Head Start preschool, Early Head Start (EHS), and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)-funded child care. The brief also identifies potential policy implications and the gaps in the data that limit our ability to more comprehensively analyze the findings.

view link by Center for Law and Social Policy
50-State Data 2016

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Participants, Programs, Families, and Staff in 2014

This fact sheet uses information reported through the PIR to describe the children and families served in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and the services provided to them during the 2013-2014 program year.

view link by Center for Law and Social Policy
Report or Brief 2016

State Medicaid and Early Intervention Agency Partnerships to Promote Healthy Child Development

To ensure children receive timely access to necessary care within the scope of limited state budgets, Medicaid and EI agencies must establish carefully articulated processes for medical and community-based service providers to deliver developmental screening, referral, and follow-up services. 

view link by National Academy for State Health Policy