The recovery legislation that policymakers will consider this year marks a historic opportunity to help drive an equitable recovery in which 1) all children can reach their full potential; 2) workers in low-paid jobs or facing weak labor market prospects have the supports they need; and 3) we take large strides toward universal health coverage.
Article September 16, 2021
The State and Local Fiscal Recover Fund (SLFRF) is providing counties with $65.1 billion in funding to cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue, and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource highlights examples of SLFRF spending strategies from counties across the country.
Planning Tool August 13, 2021
This planning tool showcases how the federal relief funds can be used to support infant, toddler, and family well-being through strategies to expand, improve, target, and make early care and education, family support, and maternal and infant/toddler health services more accessible and responsive.
Understanding the Cost of Quality Child Care in New Mexico: A Cost Estimation Model to Inform Subsidy Rate Setting
Report June 1, 2021
New Mexico, along with every other state, currently relies on the market-rate survey approach to set rates paid by public funding for child care subsidies under federal Child Care Development Block Grants. Under a market survey approach, child care rates paid by public funding are based on what parents can afford to pay for child care, not necessarily related to the actual cost of delivering quality care. This paper outlines a cost-estimation model, informed by cost study data, that allows New Mexico’s early childhood leaders to better understand the actual cost of providing early care and education services in New Mexico.