Session 1: Webinar "Financing and Incentive Strategies"
In this session, we’ll explore a range of strategies to incentivize high quality child care; including public and private funding, incentives for parents, and financial awards. Participants will discuss with other States how financial incentives are structured and implemented and what kind of impact they have on the early care system.
Laura J. Johns, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI). NCCCQI activities, expertise, and resources support the development and enhancement of innovative, research-based solutions and systems that promote progress toward OCC, state, and territory CCDF Plan goals to produce the best possible outcomes for children. This work includes research analysis, information dissemination, expert review, conference presentations, and on-site technical assistance.
Previous to her role on the NCCCQI Team, Laura was the Early Education Empowerment Zone (E3Z) System Architect and the Quality Initiatives Director at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). While at DECAL, Laura oversaw the development of the Georgia Program for Infant and Toddler Care and was the lead architect of Quality Rated, Georgia’s tiered quality rating and improvement system.
In addition to her vast education systems experience, Laura is currently an adjunct instructor at Georgia State University and has also worked as Director of Education for an early care and education franchise system, a multi-site operations director, and a center director and teacher.
Dr. Johns earned her undergraduate degrees from San Diego State University. She received her doctorate degree from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- QRIS Financial Incentives.pdf (2014)
- Improving Public Financing for Early Learning Programs (2011)
- Financial Incentives in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Approaches and Effects (2012)
- Tax Credits for Early Care and Education: Funding Strategy for a New Economy (2011)
- Shared Services: Supporting Quality in Early Care and Education (2012)
- Putting it Together: A Guide to Funding Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education and the associated tool Planning Funding Partnerships - A Worksheet to Help States Get Started in Putting it Together.pdf (2012)
- Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit.pdf (2013)
- Social Impact Bonds: Overview and Considerations (2014)
- Incentivizing QRIS Participation – The Role of Financial Supports (2014 QRIS National Meeting Breakout Session)
- Resources Developed by States and Selected Cities to Support Financing Preschool Programs.pdf (2015)