A new report by Child Trends and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes the case for reforming health and mental health services to increase access for children and youth while presenting broader recommendations to support child wellness.
Decades of studies, including the most recent Head Start Impact Study, have found that at the end of Head Start, the program shows wide-ranging positive effects on children and families from language and pre-reading abilities to parenting skills.
State Child Care Subsidy Policies that Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: A Tool for States provides a menu of state child care assistance policies that states could consider to improve continuity and stability for children and families in the subsidy system and to support child care providers receiving child care subsidy payments.
An Oct. 2013 report by the advocacy group CLASP found that 91 percent of Head Start children and 85 percent of Early Head Start children received a medical screening. Nearly 12 percent had a disability (13 percent in Early Head Start), with 45 percent diagnosed after enrollment! Early intervention and services are simply invaluable.
With the inclusion of funding for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in the most recent omnibus spending bill, many folks are wondering what they are, who can participate and what will be required of applicants.
The President has signed a 2014 spending bill, which includes a substantial increase of $1.4 billion for child care and early education. Over $1 billion of that increase is for Head Start, the nation’s early childhood program for poor children.
On January 14, 2014, Congress unveiled an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2014, which began on October 1, 2013. This was the next step in the budget deal agreed to last October to reopen the government after 16 days of a partial shutdown.