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State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies Need Improvement

Last month, CLASP released Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies documenting where state policies stand in relation to a set of key child care subsidy, licensing and quality improvement policies that support the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers in child care settings. Data in this report were collected through a state survey, as well as from publicly available data sources. Collectively they offer a baseline of policies important for babies in child care.

FY13 Early Care and Education State Budget Actions

 

The National Conference of State Legislators surveyed 21 state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2013 state appropriations for various education programs in December 2012. Overall, state appropriations to early care and education increased slightly by $127 million (1.5 percent). Although several states continued to struggle to restore cuts from the previous years, others continued to make small but consistent increases in various early care and education budgets.

Rhode Island 2013 Legislative Successes

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S., is a leaders among states in improving outcomes for young children and families. This year’s legislative session brought some important new victories for the state’s children...

Oregon’s 2013 Legislative Successes

Oregon took another major step toward the transformation of its early learning system during its 2013 legislative session. Two years ago the legislature created the Early Learning Council to take a more comprehensive look at how early childhood services are delivered, and articulate a new vision for Oregon. This session took important steps toward making that vision a reality.

Washington Takes an Important Step toward Increased Opportunity

The Washington Legislature wrapped up its second special session last week by passing a biennial budget that creates more opportunity for our state’s youngest learners. In a time of financial struggle, lawmakers chose to prioritize funding for improved access and quality in early learning programs.

Home Visiting Advances in States

Home visiting—which matches parents with trained providers who share information and offer support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s earliest years—received strong bipartisan support in state capitols during the 2013 legislative session.

$65 Million Expansion of Pre-k in Michigan

More than 10,000 Michigan four-year-olds and their families will have the opportunity to participate in high-quality preschool next year thanks to a visionary expansion of the state’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).

Making Early Childhood the Priority It Deserves to Be

President Obama’s FY14 budget calls for an unprecedented increase in federal funding for programs serving young children. If implemented, this bold initiative would mean investing in young children is finally the priority it deserves to be. 

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