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*U.S. House Committee Passes Early Learning Challenge Fund Legislation
*New Tool from NAEYC on QRIS and Cultural Competence
July 22, 2009
HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES THE EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE FUND
Yesterday, the Committee on Education & Labor in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Early Learning Challenge Fund legislation. After many years of flat federal funding, the Early Learning Challenge Fund presents a significant opportunity to improve the quality of early childhood programs across all settings for children birth to kindergarten. For a summary of the legislation, go to last week's update at www.naeyc.org/policy/federal/07_17_09 Read NAEYC's press release at www.naeyc.org/newsroom/pressreleases/20090721
House floor action could occur before the Congressional August recess. The Senate Committee is likely to take up the bill when it gets back in early September.
NEW NAEYC PAPER AND TOOL ON QRIS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE
NAEYC has undertaken the Quality Benchmark for Cultural Competence Project (QBCCP) to determine the key elements of cultural competence for early childhood programs and ways to meaningfully integrate these concepts within quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) criteria. NAEYC thanks the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation for its support of this project.
As part of the QBCCP, NAEYC has developed a tool to be used as a guide to spark not only discussion within programs but action through implementation of the ideas presented and measurement of how the criteria or program goals are being met. It is hoped that programs can use this not only as a guide to implementing strategies to move toward a higher level of cultural competence, but to spark dialogue and action in the realm of policymaking to ensure that early childhood programs not only respond to the needs of diverse children and families but impact them in a positive way.
The document is available online at www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/policy/state/QBCC_Tool.pdf
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