ERIC Number: ED454947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
State Initiatives To Promote Early Learning: Next Steps in Coordinating Subsidized Child Care, Head Start, and State Prekindergarten. Full Report.
Schumacher, Rachel; Greenberg, Mark; Lombardi, Joan
While current early education and care funding still reaches only a fraction of preschool children, some states now have considerable experience in coordinating subsidized child care, Head Start, and state prekindergarten initiatives to enhance early education and learning opportunities for young children. Drawing on the experiences of Georgia, Massachusetts, and Ohio, this paper describes the challenges states face in addressing the goals of enhancing school readiness and providing work supports for families, the states' responses to those challenges, and recommendations for the future. The paper identifies five overarching challenges for states: (1) developing comprehensive vision; (2) expanding fiscal resources; (3) addressing regulatory differences among programs and funding streams; (4) implementing early education initiatives across different structures and constituencies; and (5) tracking progress and measuring results. State responses for each challenge are also discussed. The paper asserts that although the approaches to collaboration are encouraging, there is more that every state could be doing and there is an important federal role that is not currently being fulfilled. Recommendations are then presented for states and localities, including the establishment of an Early Care and Education Council and the development of a multi-year strategic plan. The recommended federal role includes providing incentive funds to states to promote universal access to early care and education services, and establishing an Early Childhood Coordinating Initiative involving the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. The paper's three appendices describe Georgia's universal prekindergarten access initiative, Massachusetts' community partnership model, and Ohio's Head Start-targeted expansion initiatives. (Contains 56 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Day Care, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Government Role, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, School Readiness, State Government, State Programs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Massachusetts; Ohio