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ERIC Number: ED496875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Strategic Financing: Making the Most of the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative
Hayes, Cheryl D.; Flynn, Margaret J.; Stebbins, Helene
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
As states build comprehensive early childhood systems, policy leaders will need to be attentive to the funding streams available to communities to achieve desired returns. Most public funding for early care and education, as well as for other health and social services for young children and their families is categorical. Categorical funding streams are narrowly defined funding streams that support highly specialized activities and specifically targeted populations. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) Initiative gives states an opportunity to think more strategically about how early childhood services are delivered and funded. This brief identifies financing strategies to support comprehensive systems-building efforts. The brief has been adapted from the full report entitled "Strategic Financing," which contains an index of 59 federal funding streams that are available to support early childhood programs and services. This brief also suggests strategies to address financing challenges to developing comprehensive early childhood systems. It recommends financing strategies that increase efficiency in the use of resources, create more flexibility in existing categorical funding, and build public-private partnerships. Finally, it concludes by stating that the SECCS Initiative provides opportunities to combine funding streams for child care, health care, and social services to support the building of of comprehensive early childhood systems. Policymakers and service providers can benefit from integrating financing strategies with overall planning efforts to achieve sustainability. [This brief was written with the assistance of Margaret J. Flynn and Helene Stebbins.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: University of California at Los Angeles, Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A