As our nation attempts to turn the corner on COVID-19, we know that the road to recovery for many families with young children, particularly families of color, is uneven and inequitable. Federal relief funds in the American Rescue Plan Act represent significant, unprecedented funding that provides champions with an opportunity to advance equity and justice from the start in the prenatal-to-three period. Join us for the second installment in this three-part series highlighting innovative uses of pandemic funding for family support policies and initiatives. This webinar will feature trailblazers from local jurisdictions who are leading the way with guaranteed basic income for parents and young children in marginalized communities; mental health consultation services, fatherhood programs and stable housing supports; and an initiative to convert a museum into a family resource center. Webinar attendees will come away with information regarding these innovative approaches and how they might advance similar projects in their states and communities.
Article October 14, 2021
Through an interview with Jackie Anderson from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) , alongside Alexander Gagnon, and Kaitlin Ferrick, with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), this document highlights the PN-3 work underway in Wisconsin
Blog October 14, 2021
This spotlight highlights Latinx early childhood leader Martina Rocha, founder of the Together for Childhood Network. The Together for Childhood Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources and trainings in Spanish and English for early childhood educators, childcare providers, parents and community members.
States’ Growing Commitment to Preventing Young Children’s Expulsion from Early Care and Education Programs: RESULTS OF A 50-STATE POLICY SURVEY
Report October 12, 2021
This report examines features of states’ expulsion and suspension prevention policies, based on survey responses and interviews with selected states. The results point to the widespread efforts states are making to develop and implement expulsion prevention policies. Features of policies are varied, and include supports for programs (e.g., professional development, early childhood mental health consultation), requirements for data collection, and changes in program standards and work conditions. Many policies have explicit goals for reducing disparities in exclusionary practices related to race and disability. Promising approaches in five states are highlighted. The brief makes several recommendations for designing expulsion and suspension policies with features that can help ensure strong implementation that significantly reduces exclusionary practices and the racial disparities found in these practices.