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While no one was looking – Community-based solutions to linking early learning and the early grades: Implications for state policy - Lessons from the SPARK Initiative PDF - SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) — a five-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation — is one good example of what can and is being accomplished at the community level to create continuity across early childhood and K-12 education. This policy brief discusses three high-impact strategies used at SPARK sites. Additionally, the brief provides implementation examples and policy opportunities associated with each strategy. (Mimi Howard, Education Commission of the States, January 2009)...

State Strategies for Financing Early Childhood MS Word - As an increasing number of states become involved in early childhood education, several strategies have emerged for financing these initiatives. While not comprehensive, this list provides examples of resources states are tapping to fund early childhood programs, as well as ways states are investing to improve these programs. (Education Commission of the States, July 2000)...

Next Step in Systems-Building: Early Childhood Advisory Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood - ECACs are designed to be different, with more influential governance structures and substantial funding that could help jump-start and improve policy alignment in the states. But they also present challenges for states, not least because they require a 70-30 percent match, with states required to fund 70 percent of the ECAC’s costs and federal dollars covering the other 30 percent. (New American Foundation, November 2009)...

Improving Care Coordination, Case Management, and Linkages to Service for Young Children: Opportunities for States - With this report, a foundation is provided for a consortium that will help state agencies, especially Medicaid agencies, build and strengthen systemic linkages between pediatric primary health care providers and other child and family service providers to promote and support the healthy development of young children. (Kay Johnson and Jill Rosenthal, National Academy for State Health Policy, April 2009) ...

Making Use of Economic Recovery Funds: Child Care Policy Options for States - This paper offers a set of stimulative policy options for spending economic recovery funds that create new jobs, put additional resources into state economies, and/or help low-income families stay in the paid work force. These policy options will expand access to child care for low-income families and will improve the quality of available child care.(Center for Law and Social Policy/National Women's Law Center, March 2009)...

Early Learning in Washington Public Schools Report - In 2007, the Washington Learns Report recommended increased attention and investment in early care and education (birth through age eight) as a critical step in improving education success for students. Following these recommendations, the legislature included funding for full-day kindergarten, K-3 demonstration projects and the Bremerton School District Lighthouse project included in the Enhancing Student Learning Opportunities legislation. As a consequence, state funding for the three approaches has augmented public/private partnerships to increase access for young children to programs proven to lay the foundation for educational success. Investments in these early learning programs are already reaping benefits for children, teachers, schools and districts. This publication gives examples of the benefits for children, teachers, schools and districts. (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington, November 2008)...

Early Childhood Colorado Framework - Early Childhood Colorado Framework provides a common vision within which public and private, state and local partners can see their work and its outcomes. (Early Childhood Colorado, July 2008)...

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) - Massachusetts was the first state in the country to establish a single, coordinated, comprehensive state agency to administer all early education and after school programs. EEC responsibilities include oversight and funding for public school pre-k, Head Start and child care licensing and subsidies. ...

Common Vision, Different Paths: Five States’ Journeys Toward Comprehensive Prenatal-to-Five Systems - This report offers tailored suggestions, strategies and guidelines for states to improve complex education systems to ensure they reach pre-kindergarteners, toddlers and even babies. The report intends to help states respond to federal requirements that they establish State Advisory Councils on Early Education and Care, aimed at improving the quality and availability of services for young children. Included are real-life examples of challenges states have faced when implementing programs and also lessons learned that should provide a blueprint for how to successfully address issues like funding constraints, political clashes and conflicting regulations. (Zero to Three, 2007)...

Beyond Parallel Play: Emerging State and Community Planning Roles in Building Early Learning Systems - This brief highlights two articles that look at the role of state and community planning in the development of early learning systems in six different states. (Julia Coffman, Michelle Stover Wright and Charles Bruner, Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network, September 2006)...

Spending Smarter: A Funding Guide for Policymakers and Advocates to Promote Social and Emotional Health and School Readiness - This document is part of a series intended to improve social, emotional and learning outcomes for young children. Spending Smarter describes effective programs, highlights policy opportunities and offers fiscal strategies to promote the emotional health of young children and their families. (Kay Johnson and Jane Knitzer, National Center for Children in Poverty/Mailman School of Public Health, November 2005)...


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