This webinar featured inspiring state and local leaders from Bend, Oregon; Louisiana; and San Diego, California who seized the opportunity from ARPA. Louisiana, represented by a public sector leader and an advocate leader, partnered with providers and families to design a comprehensive approach to early care and education that has many transformational features in key areas of access, quality, rates, compensation, and more. The Bend Chamber of Commerce worked in collaboration with higher education and others in the local community to leverage federal relief resources to tackle supply for early care and education. In San Diego, First 5 San Diego played a key role in persuading the county to create an ECE-specific federal relief strategy to expand family access, address behavioral needs of young children, and support child care providers.
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Article October 14, 2021
Through an interview with Jackie Anderson from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) , alongside Alexander Gagnon, and Kaitlin Ferrick, with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), this document highlights the PN-3 work underway in Wisconsin
Blog October 14, 2021
This spotlight highlights Latinx early childhood leader Martina Rocha, founder of the Together for Childhood Network. The Together for Childhood Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources and trainings in Spanish and English for early childhood educators, childcare providers, parents and community members.
States’ Growing Commitment to Preventing Young Children’s Expulsion from Early Care and Education Programs: RESULTS OF A 50-STATE POLICY SURVEY
Report October 12, 2021
This report examines features of states’ expulsion and suspension prevention policies, based on survey responses and interviews with selected states. The results point to the widespread efforts states are making to develop and implement expulsion prevention policies. Features of policies are varied, and include supports for programs (e.g., professional development, early childhood mental health consultation), requirements for data collection, and changes in program standards and work conditions. Many policies have explicit goals for reducing disparities in exclusionary practices related to race and disability. Promising approaches in five states are highlighted. The brief makes several recommendations for designing expulsion and suspension policies with features that can help ensure strong implementation that significantly reduces exclusionary practices and the racial disparities found in these practices.