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Current Events in Early Care and EducationErin FreschiAdvanced Training 2014


WestEd’s Role in Policy & Advocacy

  • WestEd is a Non-Partisan Organization.

  • WestEd cannot take a stance, position or advocate for any particular issue, legislation, or candidate.

  • WestEd can provide research, facts and supporting information to assist with making informed decisions.

  • WestEd employees and contractors must keep individual opinions and perspectives separate from WestEd role.


Current Federal Initiatives

  • Head Start & Early Head Start

  • Child Care & Development Block Grants (CCDBG)

  • Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

  • Quality Rating and Improvement System

  • ((RTT-ELC QRIS)


2014 Federal Budget includes:

  • $1.025 billion increase for Head Start including $500 million to support Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

  • $154 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to expand access and improve quality

  • $250 million for a new round of Race to the Top for Preschool Development Grants


Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grants

  • $500 million for new EHS-Child Care Partnerships by March 2015

  • 100,000 children 0-3 to be served

  • New or existing EHS programs to partner with centers and family child care providers

  • All staff to meet EHS requirements within 18 months

  • Strong commitment to Professional Development


Proposed Federal 2014 Race to the TopRTT Preschool Development Grants

  • $250 million to be awarded to states

  • In addition to current programs

  • Provide preschool opportunity to all 4 year olds from low and moderate income families


RTT Preschool Development Grants (continued)

  • States encouraged to include a consortia of providers and partners

  • Comprehensive services required

  • Professional Development & Family Engagement and as integral components of program


QRIS

PITC PQ

State Preschool

CSP 1 & 2

CARES Plus

Head Start

Early Head Start

CCTR

First 5

CSEFEL

CPIN


Current Proposed ECE Legislation-California

  • CAL Safe

  • Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014

  • California Strong Start Program


AB 2111- CALSafe (Ammiano)

  • Introduced Feb. 20th

  • Would reestablish CALSafe program

  • Currently in Committee on Appropriations


SB 837- Transitional Kindergarten(Steinberg)

  • Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014

  • Introduced on January 6th

  • In Senate Appropriations Committee


Transitional Kindergarten (continued)

  • Provide TK for all 4 year olds

  • Coordinated by school districts

  • Operated at public school site or at other public or private licensed child care center

  • 1:10 teacher to child ratio; up to 20 children

  • By 2019:

    • Lead Teacher= Credential + 24 ECE units

    • Associate Teacher= AA in ECE


Transitional Kindergarten (continued)

  • Teacher compensation comparable to K-12

  • Funded through Average Daily Attendance (ADA)

  • Part day with ability to supplement funding to expand to full day

  • Aligns with Preschool Learning Foundations and Kindergarten Common Core

  • Five-year phase in


SB 1123- California Strong Start Program(Liu)

  • Redesigns General Child Care Program for infants and toddlers

  • Introduced February 19th

  • In Committee on Human Services


CA Strong Start Program (continued)

  •  It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the California Strong Start program by redesigning the General Child Care Program for infants and toddlers into a comprehensive, evidence-based, locally controlled program, in order to improve the healthy development and school readiness of California’s most vulnerable children.


Potential Elements of CA Strong Start Program*

  • Developmentally Appropriate

  • Well-trained Caregivers

  • Family Engagement

  • Create system to incentivize quality

  • Position programs to apply for HS/EHS grants

  • Simplified eligibility determination

  • ???

*American Institutes for Research, February 2014


  • QUESTIONS?


What are our next steps?

  • Track legislation

  • Convene groups to determine our role

  • Communicate and coordinate with other statewide initiatives and stakeholders

  • Partner with grant applicants

  • Inform training and support decision-making

  • Keep you posted


HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW?

  • Pick which song best represents how you are feeling about all of the information you’ve just heard.

  • Get up and stand with others who feel the same way.


On Chart Paper

  • What additional questions do you have?

  • What considerations would you like to share with us?

  • What do you need to feel most comfortable about proposed legislation?


For More Information

  • www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

  • www.earlyedgecalifornia.org

  • www.acf.hhs.gov

  • www.ed.gov

  • Erin Freschi

  • [email protected]


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