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States Sharing Strategies to Target Federal Funds to an Integrated, Equitable, High-Quality System of Early Care and Education


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GG Weisenfeld & Lori Connors-Tadros, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Kathy Stohr, Pritzker Children’s Initiative and member of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT)

For the past month, we have talked to state leaders about how they are working within their states to strategically plan for allocating and disseminating federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to strengthen their early care and education s

South Carolina: Care and Education for the Whole Family


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Lori Connors-Tadros and Kathy Stohr

South Carolina’s First Steps is a unique public-private hybrid focused on supporting children’s readiness for school. We spoke with Georgia Mjartan, executive director of First Steps in early May 2021 about their plans to use the federal American Rescu

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)’s Division of Early Childhood (DEC) has administrative oversight for all the major programs for children birth through Kindergarten entry, including the state funded preschool program, child care, and f

Boosted by its federal Preschool Development Birth to Five Grant (PDG B-5), the State of Virginia has been moving toward a unified birth to five system. In response to Governor Northam’s 2019 directive, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will

Louisiana: Strategic Investments at a Critical Time


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Kathy Stohr, Pritzker Children’s Initiative and member of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers and Lori Connors-Tadros, National Institute for Early Education Research

Since 2012, Louisiana’s birth-to-five early care and education (ECE) system has been consolidated within the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and includes oversight of the Ready Start Network initiative, which supports local infrastructure that

Arkansas Department of Human Services ARPA Planning: Engaging Providers and Parents to Ensure Short Term Funding Leads to Long Term Impact


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GG Weisenfeld & Lori Connors-Tadros, National Institute for Early Education Research

In the end of May 2021, we had a conversation with Director Tonya Williams of the Division of Child Care and Early Education at the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) about her initial planning for the use of federal dollars to achieve the sta

Early Learning and Child Care on Canada’s Agenda


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Kerry McCuaig, University of Toronto

Canada’s Budget 2021 is focused on pandemic recovery, including the  intention to develop a country-wide system of early learning and child care. The convergence of COVID-19, a finance minister who is herself a working mother, and decades of research a

How states can support parent choice for early learning


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Elliot Regenstein and Chris Strausz-Clark

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, families with young children struggled to find the right early learning setting for their child.  Parents want settings that are affordable, convenient, and where their child will be loved and appreciated.  When those

COVID-19: My time, your time, our kids’ time.


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Milagros Nores

Like every parent, I found myself in March both working from home and scaffolding and supporting my kids every day of their remote schooling. After the summer break, the juggling resumed and continues still today. My school district’s remote learning p

During these times of limited access to in-person preschool classrooms, families are searching for ideas to support their children’s learning at home. Many websites have been created and some adapted to address remote learning including Common Sense Me

Like preschool children in many countries dealing with the pandemic, preschoolers in China have needed to learn from home instead of in school with their friends. And like parents in many countries, parents in China were not prepared to provide a child

Ensuring Benefits for All Preschoolers


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By Jason Hustedt With NIEER and University of Delaware colleagues, I recently looked at effects of the New Mexico PreK program in an Early Childhood Research Quarterly journal article. Results of our study show good news for young children in New Mexic

With four children under the age of 9, I am among our nation’s millions of parents dramatically affected by school closures due to the pandemic. Our old normal was replaced by a new normal of uncertainty and chaos. What comes next? How do we support ou

As the saying goes, those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it.  Living in the present COVID-19 environment, we’d be foolish not to revisit our history lessons to see how they might guide post-COVID policy responses.  Fortune recently

Having dealt with COVID-19 longer than any nation, China’s experience offers important lessons for American early care and education policymakers. China responded to the virus’ impact on children in two broad moves: (1) closing school and child care cl

Billowing across the tide of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is a beginning tidal wave of need for emergency child care, especially for essential workers and low-income and homeless families. Child care, Head Start, Pre-K and other educators and leader

What Must We Do Right Now for Child Care Providers?


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Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss

As a full-time working mom of a not-quite two-year-old, I have lots of “mom guilt” over leaving my toddler at child care for nine-ish hours each day. I’ve always wished for more time with him and am sad when I think about all the hours he spends at “sc

Every day the numbers testing positive for COVID-19 rise and countries around the world face new realities. If there is anything this crisis has reinforced, it is that there are no real borders. We are all interconnected. While advocates for children a

Into the unknown. Managing home-schooling and work in the age of COVID-19.


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Milagros Nores, Ph.D., Co-Director for Research, National Institute for Early Education Research

We might all wish for some magic in our worlds right now, but while waiting for that I thought I would share with others my practical approaches to home schooling. At least for me, there is no Olaf to keep the happy going, and I feel slapped with a rea

Financing High-Quality Infant-Toddler Care


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Karen Schulman, Child Care and Early Learning Research Director, National Women’s Law Center

High-quality care for infants and toddlers is essential to the well-being of families. It supports the healthy development and learning of children during their crucial early years and enables parents to work so they can gain financial security for the

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