The Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD), along with the Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start, in the Administration for Children and Families, released a Dear Colleague letter (Investing ARP and PDG funds to address the Early Childhood Workforce Shortage) that urges states, communities, and local programs to take bold actions to invest the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds and other sources of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief funding to address the current early childhood (EC) workforce shortage. The letter includes specific suggestions on how ARP Act funds can be used and an appendix with state and local program examples as well as links to Federal resources that will be highlighted on the ECD website.
Planning Tool September 26, 2022
This resource tool supports discussion and decision-making on building and refining a statewide home visiting (HV) system by defining each component, outlining the impact and importance of the component and delineating common activities of the component. The tool includes questions to prompt discussion of key factors for the system approach to planning in your state and individual context.
Podcast September 20, 2022
Tonya Coston is the Executive Director of the Division of Early Childhood Services at the New Jersey Department of Education. Host Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart asks Tonya about how she collaborates across agencies and departments to involve other state leaders in the mission of increasing equity in early childhood systems for children and families in New Jersey.
Slide Deck September 6, 2022
In this session, we hear from Sheri Shannon ( Shannon Strategies) who shared with us HBCC tailored marketing and messaging strategies designed to highlight the uniqueness of HBCC’s role as a quality child care option.