This toolkit is designed to provide state advocates and policymakers with strategies, tools, resources and options to make policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs that benefit vulnerable young children and working families.
Through the toolkit, the Ounce seeks to:
- Expand the ways state early childhood leaders think about the benefits and challenges of using public early care and education funds from two or more program funding streams—Early Head Start, Head Start, state pre-kindergarten (pre-k), state infant-toddler, and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF—but often called child care assistance or child care subsidy)—to pay for the expenses of full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs serving children at greatest risk for school failure;
- Highlight promising policies and practices that promote consistent participation in high-quality early learning programs that effectively prepare children for success in school;
- Offer state-specific and cross-state information on selected policies that encourage blending and braiding of Early Head Start, Head Start, state pre-k, and child care funds to sustain program quality and service continuity, as well as additional resources on state early learning financing policies; and
- Offer worksheets to compare requirements across federal and state early childhood funding streams in order to identify specific policy barriers to blending and braiding funding streams in a state.
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