ERIC Number: ED433085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education as a Model for Financing Early Care and Education: Learning between Systems. A Report of The Financial Aid Think Tank (Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 29-July 1, 1998).
The Minnesota Early Care and Education Financing Partnership, seeking financing solutions for their state, sponsored a meeting in mid-1998 among prominent thinkers from the early care and education and higher education financial aid communities. The meeting produced two sets of results. The first was a set of pivotal lessons concerning the application of higher education financing methods and strategies to early care and education. The second was a framework for a system of financing early care and education services, reflected in ten major recommendations. This report details discussion and conclusions from the meeting. The report's recommendations are: (1) explore methods of adapting key features of the higher education financial aid system through research and consultation with higher education financing and financial aid experts, and use demonstration projects to test system models that integrate these interdependent financial aid strategies; (2) require that programs participating in the system adhere to quality criteria; (3) cultivate diverse revenue sources to support early care and education programs; (4) develop additional funding sources and vehicles for aid to families, while increasing the contribution levels and flexibility of current sources; (5) develop dedicated public funding sources for infrastructure support for a coordinated early care and education system; (6) improve consumer information and increase demand for high-quality early care and education; (7) promote early care and education as part of the education continuum and as the foundation for subsequent education and life success; (8) expand research and data capacities to provide information about the benefits of early care and education and to highlight unmet needs for services; (9) move toward establishing a national organization of early care and education organizations to unify public policy and lobbying efforts; and (10) build a national consensus within the early care and education community about the design and implementation of a financing system. (EV)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance, Financial Needs, Financial Support, Higher Education, Models, Paying for College
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; NorthWestNet, Bellevue, WA.
Authoring Institution: Child Care WORKS, Minneapolis, MN.; Alliance of Early Childhood Professionals, Minneapolis, MN.