2013 National Smart Start Conference

April 30, 2013

Members of the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP will present during various panels at the 2013 National Smart Start Conference in Greensboro, N.C. April 30-May 2, 2013.

Stephanie Schmit, policy analyst, and Christine Johnson-Staub, senior policy analyst, will present Charting Progress for Babies: A Look at State Infant-Toddler Policies on April 30, 2013, 1:30-3:00 p.m. The presentation will outline the findings of CLASP's Charting Progress survey project, looking at policies and trends across states and research-based recommendations for state policies that promote high quality child care and early education experiences for infants and toddlers.

Stephanie Schmit and Christine Johnson-Staub will present Finding and Using Data to Advocate Effectively for Children and Families on April 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. This presentation will introduce participants to a range of state and federal data on young children and their families--including data on employment, nutrition, and income. Presenters will demonstrate how to put various demographic information together to understand the state of children and families in their states and nationally, and how to merge this data with information on participation in state child care programs, Head Start, and other early education programs.

Christine Johnson-Staub and Stephanie Schmit will present Reaching Children with Comprehensive Services: Partnerships and Financing, on May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The presenters will discuss strategies for reaching vulnerable children with comprehensive services like preventive health resources, developmental services, and family support in their child care and early education settings. Presenters will draw from recent CLASP research to highlight potential funding streams to support comprehensive services in child care settings, and ideas for building partnerships that can make comprehensive services more accessible to children and families.

Finally, on May 2, 10:30 a.m.-12, Stephanie Schmit and Jamie Colvard of Zero To Three will present Expanding Access to EHS: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk. The presenters will discuss the findings of recent interviews with state Head Start leaders in all 50 states regarding the ways states are using innovative funding, policies, and partnerships to expand the critically important EHS program and better meet the needs of more low-income children and pregnant women living in their states.

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