This issue brief draws upon initial experiences from Maryland Medicaid’s early efforts to explore connecting one Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) with one or more local Head Start programs in the interest of linking families to needed services — including at least one upstream preventive service — and addressing the social determinants of health. Maryland Medicaid is meeting with a Medicaid MCO, Head Start representatives and a representative from the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to pilot the delivery of Medicaid-funded group nutritional counseling in Head Start settings.
Podcast January 19, 2022
Minnesota has gathered a group of community-based organizations and tribal nations to envision pathways to early childhood statewide systems. Host Karen Ponder and BUILD executive director Susan Hibbard discuss state-funded initiatives with Jovon Perry, director of Economic Assistance and Employment Supports at Minnesota’s Children and Family Services, and Cindi Yang, director of the Child Care Services Division of Children and Family Services.
Blog December 21, 2021
Home-based education leaders Ruth Kimble, DeCarla Burton, Martina Rocha, and Erma Jackson contributed to this fourth blog in the HBCC Voices from the Field Series.
Archived Meeting Resources December 17, 2021
This is the slide deck from the November 16 webinar, Home-Based Child Care: Supporting HBCC Educators Whose Primary Language is Other than English. Home-Based Child Care is popular because many providers offer flexible schedules and are more familiar and affordable to families than child care centers. In addition, many families are able to find home-based providers with cultural and/or linguistic backgrounds similar to their own. Nearly one-fifth of the ECE workforce are immigrants, with many educators speaking languages other than English, and close to a quarter of all HBCC providers speaking Spanish. During this webinar, participants learned how states and communities can recognize and support this critical population of educators.