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.

*****Thursday, April 2 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET on-line*****
Presenter Biographies: 

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.