October 7, 2021
This webinar featured inspiring state and local leaders from Bend, Oregon; Louisiana; and San Diego, California who seized the opportunity from ARPA. Louisiana, represented by a public sector leader and an advocate leader, partnered with providers and families to design a comprehensive approach to early care and education that has many transformational features in key areas of access, quality, rates, compensation, and more. The Bend Chamber of Commerce worked in collaboration with higher education and others in the local community to leverage federal relief resources to tackle supply for early care and education. In San Diego, First 5 San Diego played a key role in persuading the county to create an ECE-specific federal relief strategy to expand family access, address behavioral needs of young children, and support child care providers.