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Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN)

Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Dear Colleagues, The BUILD Initiative is launching an Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to support individual leaders, over three years, who have responsibility at the state or county level for early childhood systems. ELAN leaders will work together to identify, address and take action on issues of inequity based on race, ethnicity, language and culture in our early childhood state systems. We hope you will share this opportunity with your networks and consider applying yourself if the criteria and goals fit your background and interest. Please forward this email to colleagues who might be interested. For more information about the ELAN and the applic

Senate to Consider Strong Start Amendment to ESEA

Today, the Senate will begin deliberations on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will be offering an amendment that will both authorize and provide the necessary funding for the Strong Start for America’s Children’s Act. Now is the time to contact your Senators and let them know that learning happens from the start – and so should our investments in children! The Strong Start for America’s Children Act is a robust beginning toward giving young children the best start in school and in life. In addition to a federal-state Pre-K partnership, this birth-to-five bill focuses on important early learning opportunities for babies, incl

Child Care in America: 2015 State Fact Sheets

Child Care Aware of America, a NICCA partner, has published the Child Care in American: 2015 State Fact Sheets. These resources provide important data to help better understand the state of child care on a state-by-state basis. The annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at: Family characteristics related to the need for child care; The use of child care; The supply of child care; The cost of child care; The child care workforce; and Services provided by CCR&R. To learn more, check out the reports online.