With more than $50 billion in federal relief invested in the child care sector, along with additional resources for states and localities to respond to the pandemic, states have unprecedented opportunities to create a more equitable, sustainable, comprehensive early care and education system. While investments in the workforce are the most important driver of child care quality and supply, facilities are a key element of creating a high-quality child care experience in centers and family child care homes. However thin operating margins and decades of public underfunding have left many child care providers with limited resource to improve their facility infrastructure, a reality disproportionately and inequitably experienced by providers in communities of color. This article developed jointly by NAEYC, CLASP, EdCounsel, NAFCC and NCFN, profiles funding streams and offers strategies that states, territories and tribes can consider improving child care facilities and physical spaces.
Article January 21, 2022
As race, racism, anti-racism, equity and inclusion become front and center across multiple facets of American life, culture, politics, and institutions, directors across California say now is the time to work together as child welfare leaders to better understand and dismantle dominant and oppressive culture characteristics that exist in the system, both for the benefit of the workforce and for the children and families served.
Report January 21, 2022
This resource from the Child and Family Policy Institute of California identifies steps to support child welfare directors.
Website January 21, 2022
The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model is a statewide effort to develop and implement a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The CPM is intended to guide practice, service delivery, and decision-making.