NAEYC Children's Champions Update
February 25, 2014
State Data Systems: Progress Being Made Yet Much Work Ahead
The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) released a report examining how well states are coordinating their early childhood and K-12 data systems and how they are using the data collected to inform policymakers on key issues and report children’s outcomes.
The report is based on a July 2013 survey of education, health, and social services program staff from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here are a few of the findings:
Pennsylvania is currently the only state that links data from early care and education (ECE) programs and the state’s K-12 system;
Twenty-two states are in some stage of linking ECE with health data systems, and 18 states are in the process of linking ECE with social services data systems;
States are more likely to link child-level ECE data for children being served by state preK and preschool special education rather than children participating in Head Start or other subsidized child care programs.
The report also lists recommendations for policymakers and early childhood services providers. To read the entire report, click here.
Child Care Assistance Spending Has Fallen
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a data brief last week examining national trends in spending on child care assistance using funds from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
The brief – based on the most recent state data available from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans services on child care assistance spending and participation for the year 2012—shows that child care assistance spending in 2012 had fallen to a 10-year low. In comparison to 2006, approximately 260,000 fewer children had received child care assistance through CCDBG in 2012. Although the latest federal appropriation provided a $154 million increase to CCDBG, some of those funds are to offset sequestration. To view the entire report, click here.
Learn More About the FirstSchool Approach to PreK-3rd in North Carolina and Michigan
On February 19, the PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group held a webinar titled “What Do PreK-3rdReforms Look Like? FirstSchool’s Approach in NC and MI.” The webinar, moderated by Sharon Ritchie of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the first in a 3 part series that outlines the components of effective PreK-3 efforts and provides examples of schools and districts that have implemented these ideas.
The webinar featured FirstSchool teachers who dicsussed the efforts in North Carolina and Michigan districts, aimed to enhance the experiences of African-American, Latino, and low-income children in PreK through the 3rd grade.
The future webinars will focus on curriculum and teaching math and literacy. Be sure to check the PreK-3rd Grade Nation Work Group’s website to sign up for the next webinars in the series!