ERIC Number: ED448868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Creating Dedicated Local Revenue Sources for Early Care and Education. Starting Points: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children.
Langford, Barbara Hanson
Finding and coordinating funding to support comprehensive services and service delivery mechanisms for young children and their families is a continuing challenge for local policy makers and community leaders. In the wake of federal welfare reform, policymakers and program developers are increasingly interested in developing new investments for young children and their families at the state and local level. This brief is one of a set of reports sharing the experiences of Starting Points sites and other states and localities in moving the nation toward a healthy, nurturing beginning for all of its children. The brief focuses on creating dedicated local revenue sources for early care and education. The brief begins with a list of general principles for choosing financing strategies to create dedicated revenue sources for early care and education initiatives. Six strategies to create revenue sources are highlighted for policymakers to implement at the state, city, or county levels: (1) special taxing districts; (2) special tax levies; (3) guaranteed expenditure minimums; (4) children's trust funds; (5) fees and narrowly based taxes; and (6) income tax check-offs. The brief describes critical features for each strategy, highlights examples of each strategy in practice, and discusses considerations for the use of each strategy. The brief concludes by noting that the choice of financing strategies will depend on the goals and purposes of an initiative, existing and projected economic conditions, the local demographic context, and the political context, including the attitudes of policymakers and voters toward taxes and fees. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Fees, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Fund Raising, Partnerships in Education, Taxes, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Finance Project, Washington, DC.
Note: For related Starting Points documents, see PS 028 922 and PS 029 091-095.