State Reported Plans for Infant/Toddler Care
Jan 04, 2010
By Teresa Lim
CLASP has added a new report, State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care, and accompanying policy brief to its collection of resources and technical assistance tools focused on improving infant/toddler care. The report and brief analyze state Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) plans for FFY 2008-2009 through the lens of the Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project's policy framework, which is comprised of four key principles describing what babies and toddlers in child care need and 15 recommendations for states to move forward. CCDBG is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states and includes an earmark for investments in infants and toddlers. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children.
What do these state CCDBG plans reveal about state policies that can promote opportunities for babies and toddlers in child care to experience the positive care that will help them thrive? The report highlights promising examples of quality improvement activities funded by the CCDBG infant/toddler earmark as well as some licensing and subsidy policies reported in state plans that improve infant/toddler care. In particular, the report presents an extensive set of examples of how states are meeting many of the 15 policy recommendations of the Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project and identifies areas where states could take further action. The policy brief summarizes key findings and state examples from the full report. State examples include:
- Oregon offered core coursework for a new infant/toddler credential through 21 training sessions and planned to incorporate the credential into the Oregon Registry Steps and the Oregon Registry Trainer Program.
- North Carolina changed licensing rules to require providers in both centers and family child care homes to complete training in infant/toddler safe sleep practices within four months of becoming employed and working with infants and toddlers. The state reported using CCDBG funds to provide an online train-the-trainer module to infant/toddler specialists, child care health consultants, and others, who then administered the training to providers.
- North Dakota offered a six-week parent education course for families with infants and toddlers. Child care was provided during the training sessions so that parents could attend.
As states look at ways to improve their current policies, the new report offers ideas and strategies for states to continue their efforts to expand access to high-quality child care for babies and toddlers.