Building On The Promise: State Initiatives To Expand Access To Early Head Start For Young Children And Their Families
Apr 22, 2008
A new joint report by CLASP and ZERO TO THREE - Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and Their Families examines actions states have taken to build on Early Head Start. Less than 3 percent of babies and toddlers who are eligible for Early Head Start (EHS) - a federal program with promising results - are reached at current federal funding levels. CLASP and ZERO TO THREE found 20 states use mostly one of four main approaches:
- Extending the day or year of existing EHS services.
- Expanding the capacity of existing EHS and Head Start programs to increase the number of children and pregnant women served.
- Providing resources and assistance to child care providers to help them deliver services meeting EHS standards.
- Supporting partnerships between EHS and center-based and family child care providers to improve the quality of care.
The paper also discusses opportunities and challenges facing state policymakers and provides recommendations for state leaders interested in promoting better futures for at-risk children through building on Early Head Start. Click to read state profiles of 10 states interviewed in the paper. For more information on the federal EHS program, see Supporting Families, Nurturing Young Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2006.