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.
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Check out the Durham’s Partnership for Children website for information on North Carolina’s Pre-K program.
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The American Rescue Plan, like the COVID relief bills before it, present opportunities for states to think beyond one-time aid and make transformative new investments and significant changes to state early childhood policy. This set of resources on the Alliance for Early Success website aggregates information on how states can — and are — using these crucial funds to rebuild and reimagine the way they support young children and their families.
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The business model for small child care programs is fundamentally flawed, but banding together may help providers operate more efficiently and reach the scale they need to weather financial storms. Shared Services is one approach that is working. The Opportunities Exchange website, dedicated to helping the early childhood field achieve financial sustainability and strong child outcomes through shared services, offers many resources about shared services.