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A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

February 23, 2012

Outlines the components and strategies of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems designed to enhance access to high-quality child care by rating programs, offering incentives and assistance for improvement, and educating and engaging parents.

Improving the Lives of Young Children: Meeting Parents' Health and Mental Health Needs Through Medicaid and CHIP So Children Can Thrive

March 15, 2011

Outlines options for two-generational service delivery to help address parental health issues, especially depression, and minimize developmental or behavioral problems in their children when the parents are ineligible for or not enrolled in Medicaid.

Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensure and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten and the Early Grades

March 7, 2011

Outlines the challenges in teacher preparation and licensure, with a focus on pre-K through third grade; promising practices such as increased classroom experience and selectivity; and suggestions for improving teacher preparation programs and policies.

Improving the Lives of Young Children: Increasing Referrals and Follow-Up Treatment in Medicaid and CHIP

December 30, 2010

Outlines factors limiting referrals and treatment for children in public insurance programs, including low reimbursement rates and complex billing rules and fragmentation between primary care and treatment providers. Recommends state policy options.

Improving the Lives of Young Children: The Role of Developmental Screenings in Medicaid and CHIP

December 14, 2010

Outlines barriers to early identification of health, developmental, or behavioral problems. Recommends policies to increase Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program enrollment, Well-Child Visits and screenings, and use of data to improve policies.

Improving the Lives of Young Children: Opportunities for Care Coordination and Case Management for Children Receiving Services for Developmental Delay

December 1, 2010

Summarizes new opportunities for states to develop a coordinated system of care for children receiving early childhood intervention and services and how providers can support effective care coordination and case management policies.

Benchmarking Diversity: A First Look at New York City Foundations and Nonprofits

October 8, 2009

New York City foundations and nonprofit organizations have racially diverse staffs, according to a new report by Philanthropy New York and the Foundation Center, but this diversity decreases at higher levels of seniority. A substantial number of foundations and nonprofits are tracking information about the racial and ethnic makeup of the grantees and populations that they respectively serve. The study is the first of its kind in New York City and the nation to examine "both sides" of the equation -- with survey data from 95 grantmaking foundations and 540 nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs.

What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs

September 23, 2009

Examines factors that lead to desirable outcomes in mental health consultation programs: solid program infrastructure, highly qualified consultants, and quality support services. Analyzes targeted outcomes, measurements, and intensity of interventions.

Infants and Toddlers in State and Federal Budgets: Summary Report From Urban Institute Roundtable

August 8, 2009

Summarizes March 2009 discussions on strategies to enhance public investment in early childhood such as improving health and nutrition programs, aligning programs and funding streams, addressing multiple needs, helping parents, and integrating advocacy.

The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?

February 16, 2006

This report describes the most successful prekindergarten programs and the elements that contributed to their success. The report was written by Ellen Galinsky of the Families and Work Institute and released by CED.

The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference? - Executive Summary

February 16, 2006

Executive summary of "The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?" report. Includes findings and recommendations in brief.

Head Start Comprehensive Services: A Key Support for Early Learning for Poor Children

January 28, 2004

This policy brief, the fourth in the Head Start Series, describes the comprehensive services Head Start children receive. It presents data from Head Start Program Information Reports (PIR) from the most recent program year, 20012002, and compares them, when possible, to national data on the services low-income children and families receive.