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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.

Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care: Expand Monitoring and Technical Assistance

June 13, 2011

Highlights findings about the need for regular monitoring, unannounced inspections, and technical assistance for childcare providers of infants and toddlers to ensure that licensing regulations and health and safety measures are implemented correctly.

When Work Supports Don't Support Work: A Case for Parental Health Coverage in Mississippi

May 31, 2011

One of the biggest challenges facing Mississippians is the limited public health care provisions for parents. Medicaid is restrictively low with eligibility levels at 46 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Outside of Medicaid, Mississippi has no state health insurance program for parents. Moreover, the continual decline of employer-sponsored health insurance and the prohibitive costs of private health insurance have led many Mississippians to forego health coverage altogether. This situation has negative consequences not only for the health of parents, but for their family's economic security and well-being. This brief uses results from the Family Resource Simulator to analyze Mississippi's work support policies. It also identifies gaps in parental health insurance coverage and recommends policy reforms that could expand coverage among Mississippi's working 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.

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.

The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood

July 30, 2010

Explains the need to design early childhood policies and programs to provide stable and responsive relationships; safe and supportive physical, chemical, and built environments; and sound nutrition for lifelong health promotion and disease prevention.

State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care

December 22, 2009

Reviews states' 2008-09 plans for using Child Care and Development Block Grant funds to help low-income families access child care. Cites examples aligned with CLASP's recommendations for ensuring environments that support healthy growth and development.

Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and Their Families

August 14, 2008

Discusses twenty states' approaches to expanding and enhancing Early Head Start services, opportunities and challenges for state initiatives, and recommendations for building on existing services for at-risk children. Calls for increased federal funding.

Ensuring Quality Care for Low-Income Babies: Contracting Directly With Providers to Expand and Improve Infant and Toddler Care

July 1, 2008

Outlines current state childcare subsidy policies and the need to provide high-quality early childhood care to all families. Recommends contracting directly with providers to secure spaces for low-income babies and to ensure higher standards of care.