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ERIC Number: ED512252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
California's Early Learning & Development System: A Review of Funding Streams and Programs
Miller, Kate; Perez, Giannina S.
Children Now
California's public early learning and development programs and related services are funded through a range of federal, state and local sources. The purpose and scope of these funding streams vary broadly: some sources are dedicated primarily to serving children, birth to age five, and their families, while others can also be utilized for assisting older children and adults. In addition to age, there are other eligibility requirements, including but not limited to income, special needs and mental health status, or homelessness. Some funding sources directly finance child care or preschool opportunities, others fund support services for children and families, quality improvement efforts and professional development initiatives for the workforce. It is common for state and local agencies, community-based organizations, institutions of higher education and other entities to braid (coordinate) and/or blend (integrate) a variety of funding sources in order to provide early learning and development programs and services. Given that California's early learning and development system is pieced together from a myriad of funding sources, it is essential that policymakers and other leaders charged with strengthening the state's system, such as the members of the newly established Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), carefully review all available resources as they begin the process of building a more efficient and coherent system. This guide is intended as a resource for ELAC and California policymakers, to help them navigate the state's numerous early learning and development programs and services, and range of available funding streams. Appendices include: (1) Primary Funding Streams for California's Early Learning and Development System/California's Primary Early Learning and Development Programs and Services; (2) Additional Federal Funding Sources; (3) Additional Programs and Services; and (4) Funding Levels for State-Administered Early Learning Development Programs (In Millions of Dollars). (Contains 4 tables, 2 charts and 89 footnotes.) [Funding for this publication was sponsored by the East Bay Community Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Mimi and Peter Haas Fund; California Community Foundation
Authoring Institution: Children Now