Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building

Policy Statement to Support the Alignment of Health and Early Learning Systems

Drafted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, the purpose of this policy statement is to support states and communities as they improve coordination, alignment, and enhancement of health and early learning systems to promote the healthy development, early learning, and well-being of all children from birth to kindergarten entry in the United States.

Revised and Expanded Early Childhood Systems Building Guide

The State Capacity Building Center has published a new, expanded version of the Early Childhood Systems Building Guide. This online tool is designed to support state leaders and their partners in their pursuit of systems building initiatives. The updated version includes new chapters on program implementation, program evaluation and financing, along with state highlights, and a searchable resource database. 

State Legislation and Early Childhood Systems Building 2010-2015

States are successfully working with their legislatures and governors to pass legislation that supports comprehensive early childhood (EC) systems, with a focus on better integration of programs, policies, and services to benefit young children and their families. This report profiles six diverse States that have successfully passed legislation aimed at advancing their EC system.

Early Childhood Matters: Advances in early childhood development

The 2016 edition of Early Childhood Matters features contributions from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake; WHO Assistant Director General Flavia Bustreo; Alice Albright and colleagues at the Global Partnership for Education; and Susan L. Bissell of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Using Metrics to Drive Quality and Sustainability in Early Care and Education Programs

The fact that most early care and education (ECE) businesses in the US struggle to make ends meet is not news. Nor is the fact that ECE managers feel increasingly squeezed by higher standards (which often require more dollars), competitive markets (that make it difficult to increase prices), and few opportunities for third party funding. The bottom line is that running a successful ECE business is hard. And while many challenges are beyond the control of site directors, owners or administrators, some can be addressed.

Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families, a BUILD E-Book

The BUILD Initiative, with the help of many of the country’s early childhood leaders, has produced an E-Book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. Through this E-Book, we share learning from the initial implementation of the efforts, highlighting experience, trends and reflections stemming from the significant contribution from the federal investment in this strategic work.

Child Care in State Economies

Child Care in State Economies examines the child care industry’s effect on parents’ participation in the labor force, and provides extensive details regarding the industry’s state economic impact, including: usage rates, the role of public funding, revenues, and business structure. The report was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development, produced by the economic firm, Region Track, Inc., and generously supported by the Alliance for Early Success.

Infants And Toddlers In The Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit For States

Advocates have made progress in getting the message to policymakers about the first three years of life and gaps that can begin in infancy—only to be met by shrugs of doubt that anyone knows “what to do about babies.” We know that an array of proven interventions can help families get their babies off to a good start in life. Yet, piecing together the infant-toddler policy puzzle is not simple.