Systems and Financing

Quality child care and early education programs address the full range of child development needs, which requires their linkage with health and nutrition services, family support, and early intervention at both the state and local level. States may need to develop new governance and financing structures that assure that all the parts of a system are working in a coordinated way. Such systems encourage horizontal connections across systems--for example, child care, Head Start, state pre-kindergarten programs, and early intervention services--as well as vertical connections of services from birth to 5 to provide continuity and coordination for children as they grow. CLASP encourages states to move toward more integrated governance and financing systems and to think across systems to make the best use of resources and design an early childhood system that best meets the needs of all children and families.

Oct 23, 2014  |  PERMALINK »

Screening as a First Step for Early Success

By Christine Johnson-Staub

As national health and child development leaders and policymakers work to increase developmental screening rates and improve child outcomes, child care and early education programs are critical partners. A new CLASP brief, First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings, explores the role of child care and early education programs in connecting children to developmental screening, as well as national efforts and funding streams to support developmental screening and its relationship to early childhood.

Developmental screening is a critical first step to marking milestones and identifying problems or potential problems that may threaten children’s foundation and lead to additional delays and deficits later in childhood. While developmental delays and disabilities cut across all populations, children from poor and low-income families can be at higher risk. Yet, many young children never receive a screening, and among those who do receive screens, many do not obtain effective follow-up that leads to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of further problems.

State leaders can meet short-term and long-term goals for children’s success by implementing finance and policy strategies that create partnerships between health care, child care, early intervention, and other professionals and programs serving young children to increase the number who receive regular screenings and related follow-up services. First Steps for Early Success includes state policy examples and recommendations stakeholders can draw on when considering how to expand access to developmental screening in early childhood settings.

Read First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings>>

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