Investing ARP and PDG funds to address the Early Childhood Workforce Shortage
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.
Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and their Families Webinar Series Report
Report May 26, 2023
This report summarizes the webinar series Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families. The five webinars were held monthly from January through May 2022 and were facilitated by Dr. Cynthia L. Tate, of BUILD.
Incorporating Home-Based Educator Wellness in Equitable Early Childhood Systems
Video May 2, 2023
In this session, Shayla Collins (UW Center for Child & Family Well-Being), Dr. Rena Hallam (Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood), and Dr. Laura Lessard (Childcare Wellbeing Initiative) shared Shining the Light on You, their innovative wellness program designed for family child care educators, and Pilar Torres (L.U.N.A.) discussed ways to embed HBCC wellness support into ECE systems for educators whose primary language is Spanish.
Story of the Granny Midwives
Video April 24, 2023
This video about the original midwives, is a reminder of the the systematic eradication of Black midwives, as well as the hope and promise of the work Black midwives and doulas are reclaiming.