Better for Babies: Parents, Providers, and Caregivers Supported by and Linked to Community Resources
This post is the final installment in a series highlighting the findings from CLASP's recent study and subsequent publication, "Better For Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies." Read the earlier posts here>>
Recently, CLASP released a report, Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies, that presents data from a recent state survey of child care subsidy, licensing, and quality enhancement policies. It provides a national picture of infant-toddler child care.
The new report is part of CLASP's Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care Project. The foundation of Charting Progress is a Policy Framework comprised of four key principles describing what babies and toddlers in child care need, one of which is parents, providers, and caregivers supported by and linked to community resources. Parents and families require personal and economic resources to provide for their infants' and toddlers' basic needs. Programs and policies that support families (for example by reducing economic hardship, promoting healthy parent-child relationships, or treating parental health conditions) also promote infants' and toddlers' healthy development.
Findings from the Better for Babies Survey related to parents, providers, and caregivers supported by and linked to community resources:
- Mental health consultation for child care providers that offers the training and tools providers need to foster healthy child development and support children with special needs. Thirty-two states offer infant-toddler mental health consultation to child care providers. States use many methods of support and funding to provide this.
- Four states make additional, dedicated funds available specifically for infants and toddlers outside of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) infant-toddler set-aside.
- To achieve diverse funding for infants and toddlers, states use a variety of sources, but the most-used strategy is to establish partnerships between child care and Head Start. Twenty-three states have at least one initiative that builds on the federally funded Early Head Start program to extend its comprehensive model to more children and families.