Financing & Financial Incentives

Financing & Financial Incentives

Moving the Goal Posts; The shift from child care supply to child care quality

This interesting research paper produced from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum comments on the change in child care from a welfare to work program to a school readiness initiative within states.  May state leaders, policy makers and advocates will recognize a parallel story within their states as this Wisconsin piece reflects on the history, unintended consequences and provides conclusions and questions for consideration.

Child Care Subsidy Quality Requirements: Office of Child Care Policy Memo

Often states reference “parental choice” and “OCC requirements” as to why they cannot limit use of child care subsidy for children in higher star levels in a QRIS.  As can be seen from this Policy Interpretation Question issued by the Office of Child Care in 2011, they have clarified that the CCDF parental choice requirements do NOT prevent a state from establishing quality requirements for recipients of child care subsidy, in

Policies and Practices that Promote Continuity of Child Care Services and Enhance Subsidy Systems: Office of Child Care Policy Memo

This policy information memo from the Office of Child Care provides guidance and state examples of polices to promote continuity of eligibility for child care subsidy in support of continuity for children and families.  Continuity of subsidy is also important to the financial sustainability of providers.  It is one way that states can begin to think about how their policies can strengthen provider capacity to effectively work the "Iron Triangle".

Unlocking the Potential of QRIS: Trends and Opportunities in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Applications

Written by noted consultant Louise Stoney, this brief explores the ideas and trends related to QRIS that state leaders included in their Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge applications.  It is designed to provide not only useful background information for state policymakers, funders, and nonprofit leaders, but also to stimulate discussion within the field about opportunities to advance high-quality