Ready, Steady, GO! Activating Better Child Care Through Stimulus Funding - Shared screen with speaker view
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Who will be researching the impact of aspects of the American Rescue Plan to help inform decision makers and lawmakers about the potential value to continuing or expanding those aspects?
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It seems easy with the Rescue Plan money, but is your phase three after that money?
Thank you, Reggie. While I know Early Learning is the fundamental purpose for state agencies, my experience is that Parents need a place to "put" their children so that they can work. If they can get high quality in the deal, great! But the spot is what parents MUST have. I think that has been very much in evidence this past year.
Excellent points by all panelist
How can we use stimulus funding to re-attract Early Childhood Educators that have already left the field due to pandemic job losses?
totally agree Lauren, the workforce is the foundation and the sustainability of change involves them having the right balance of compensation and workplace supports
Exactly Nicole! We don't have to nor can we go back.
one might argue that the roll out of quality rating systems, the majority of which don't address compensation, was putting a horse before the cart. We need to fix financing and the business model of child care before we measure quality. Covid has also brought home the fact for many families that our K-12 system is also a workforce support mechanism that we publicly fund. Its about the money and not one time.
Very great point Ruth!
Quality initiatives were put into place as a reaction to EC trends; our understanding of EC quality has changed but many state initiatives have not. Efforts on the I of QRIS should be top priority.
Horse before the cart- yes- that's what we have done! We have put dollars into training and education, which is great, but then we see our EC teachers leave for public school jobs because of money and benefits. Changing the system to allow teachers to have state (or group) health insurance and some kind of pension benefits would go a long way to keeping a stable EC staff. Private providers simply cannot do benefits, much as we would like to!
SO true Linda But in Child care the funding is cut or lost
For an excellent tutorial on how federal $$$$ flow to EC, watch Ms. Hogan's youtube, youtube.com/watch?v=OTXOb0xkDY
To see an example of how both federal and state funding flows to providers see this report of Nebraska's funding: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/reports/committee/appropriations/lr390_appendixD.pdf
How do we keep our state conversations from becoming highly partisan?
Q- What would you suggest RIGHT NOW to expand numbers in the work force? Because RIGHT NOW that is what is limiting the numbers of children I (and the vast number of providers in my state at least) can enroll.
Andie, yes -- the previous link goes directly to the PDF; this link is the webpage with other resources -- https://buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/resources/reports-publications
This was a wonderful conversation. Would love to see you host additional panels. Smart and thoughtful. Thank you all.
Just sayin'- wealthy daycares apply for grants, just like wealthy school systems. Poor centers ( and basically no family providers) don't have time or ability to even apply.
I have another meeting Great thought provoking webinar
Great conversation! Thank you all for your leadership and thoughtful comments.
Andie, are you referencing Ms. Hogan's youtube? I viewed this as part of NAEYC 2021 PPF, perhaps ask Ms. Hogan how to access.