ECEC has two new public resources:
2016 State of the State Addresses Dates and Speech Texts which identifies the education focus points within the Governors’ speeches. The tracker includes the follow details:
- State name and speech linked (if available)
- Date of speech
- Governor of the state
- Political party of the Governor (color coded)
ECEC CCDF State Plan Public Meetings The tracker includes:
- updated times and locations of public hearings by state
- state contact information
- draft plans that have been released
- the dates when written comments are due to states
- Additionally, this version of the tracker includes U.S. Territories and various supporting articles for drafting comments for CCDF state plans.
Please contact ECEC Staff with any questions!
ECEC is prominently featured in Fortune Magazine’s March 30th article, Child Care Workers Join Fast-Food Workers’ Fight for $15 an Hour. Executive Director, M.-A. Lucas and Rachel Demma, Policy Director provide critical perspective on the need for cushioning families from the burden of taking on increased program costs a wage increase would entail. Their comments also underscore that staffing costs for all programs—regardless of tax status—are the highest budget expense. Several strategies for offsetting increased program costs are also noted, including the President’s proposed expansion to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Military Child Care Program’s success in scaling staff compensation. Read the full article here.
What is Data-Driven Professional Development and Why Does It Work?
Data, data, data. It’s all the rage these days. You have tons of excel files, and you recently learned how to make a pivot table (!!!), but how do you actually use the numbers and information you spend so much time collecting and manipulating? Is there a way to use data to empower coaches and teachers, to help them assess needs, and even find resources to meet these needs? Can data move us away from factory-like, top-down learning experiences for teachers?
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to leverage your data to put coaches and teachers in the driver’s seat as they select and implement professional development to truly change teaching practice..
Date: March 26, 2:00pm EST
Scott Siegfried, Director of Quality and Program Outcomes, Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.
Padma Rajan, Vice President, Programs, Research and Evaluation, Early Learning Coalition of Duval Southside Office
Rebecca Berlin, Chief Strategy Officer, Teachstone
ECEC is proud to announce that we have gained a new member; The North Carolina Licensed Child Care Association We are so pleased they have joined our team and we are excited about the unique points of view and wide knowledge base they both bring to the table.
The QRIS National Learning Network recently updated its QRIS State Map and Contact Information, which provides information on states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), including status, program name, website, implementing agency, primary contact and alternate contact. See it here.
“The Institute for Child Success recently published a new brief, When Brain Science Meets Public Policy: Strategies for Building Executive Function Skills in the Early Years (January 2015). The brief discusses the importance of executive function and self-regulatory skills in early childhood, the developmental course of these skills, the critical role of early caregivers, and recommendations to support the development of these important skills. Some of the recommendations include: adopt a two-generation approach to policy and practice; invest in programs and practices that strengthen adult caregiver capacity; use place-based, public-private strategies and tools; and expand early developmental screening, practices, and interventions.” Read it here.
On February 2nd, President Obama released his FY2016 budget proposal to Congress, which includes several significant asks for early care and learning. Below are a number of fact sheets and summaries to give you a better idea of what the President has proposed.
Middle Class Economics: The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Supporting Children and Youth
Empowering All Americans With The Education and Skills They Need
“This brief highlights the efforts of four states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin— to reduce their achievement gaps through state-level task forces or commissions and other legislative action. These four states historically boast average or strong academic achievement levels, but all are facing achievement gaps, some of them significant.” Common themes between states include; professional development for teachers and administrators, creating programs to recruit and retain teachers of color, assisting English language learners, expanding early childhood education programs and exploring alternative disciplinary actions to suspensions or expulsions.
Read more here.
“The six examples in this report document how Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country have worked with families, local employers, and community partners to create two-generation opportunities for children and parents to achieve lasting stability and success. Both the case studies and the analyses that follow are designed for two purposes. First, to give examples of what locally-designed success can look like to inspire the work of other early learning programs or adult education and training programs that want to be more deliberate in their own two-generation focus. Second, to inform policymakers and the broad spectrum of stakeholders how strong policies and local flexibility can achieve great things when programs are created and implemented in partnership with families”.
Read the report here.