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Florida selected for project to impact early education for young children from low-income families.

7/25/2016

IMPACT PROJECT LAUNCHES WITH NINE STATES AND TERRITORIES
 
As part of the new Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System, the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) launched the Impact Project for States and Territories in March 2016. The Impact Project is designed to support states and territories in developing their capacity to implement their early childhood (EC) projects and priorities. We are excited to announce that nine states and territories have been selected to participate in this opportunity!
 
These states and territories were selected through a competitive application process. They have diverse contexts, geographies, and entry points for advancing quality and are united by their commitment to building stronger EC systems to support significant change for young children from low-income families.
 
• Colorado will take an innovative approach to supporting its workforce through the development of a qualified substitute pool for center and family child care.
• The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will focus on comprehensive strategies to develop its workforce and to increase the supply of infant and toddler (I/T) care.
• Florida will foster a comprehensive early learning system by integrating current quality initiatives and by enhancing the Early Learning Performance Funding Project.
• Georgia will take a multi-pronged approach to strengthening its I/T care system by increasing professional development (PD) opportunities and by providing financial supports connected to its child care assistance program.
• Indiana will develop key quality systems, including a training registry, a trainer and training approval system, a revised quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), and an enhanced coaching network.
• New Hampshire will enhance its workforce by developing new incentives for teacher retention, expanding workforce diversity, providing alternative PD opportunities to meet teacher qualifications, and addressing compensation.
• North Dakota will develop a strategic plan and an implementation plan to improve I/T care and education.
• Oregon will examine its QRIS and monitoring, licensing, and training systems and will implement new approaches, such as integrated monitoring and nonexpiring licenses.
• South Carolina will focus on infant, EC and family mental health by establishing provider competencies and a network of mental health and wellness coordinators across the state.
 
The Impact Project will support these projects with intensive consultation and assistance from SCBC’s experts, working closely with these nine states and territories over an 18- to 48-month period.
 
We are excited to launch this initiative and look forward to watching and sharing its progress over the next four years. The state and territory impact projects have immense potential to increase access to high-quality EC programs, and their experiences will provide substantial contributions to the field.
 
To learn more about the Impact Project, please contact Harriet Dichter, SCBC, at harriet.dichter@icfi.com.
 
Office of Child Care
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC  20201
General office number: (202) 690-6782
Website: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ


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