Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
July 25, 2014
Federal Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Grant Competition
US Capitol
August 20, 2014 is the deadline for federal Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership grants. Existing Early Head Start grantees and other agencies can apply for funding to provide comprehensive, high-quality early care and education services to infants and toddlers living in poverty.The Rhode Island Early Learning Council's strategic plan includes two aligned goals of expanding access to Early Head Start and high-quality child care. Bringing in more federal funding for infants and toddlers through this competition will help Rhode Island achieve its goals.   
To help applicants, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared an estimate of eligible children by city/town and has written a letter to the Department of Human Services with recommended policy changes that would support this project. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also released a set of recommendations for state Child Care Administrators to support Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships.

Rhode Island Infant & Toddler Policy Priorities - Take the Priority Survey

Rhode Island is working with the national Zero to Three Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families to develop a set of policy priorities for Rhode Island. Building on the work of Successful Start, the Rhode Island Early Learning Council, and other state policy and planning groups we are working to identify next steps for infants and toddlers in Rhode Island, across policy areas of health, child welfare, economic security, family support, and child development and learning.
Using a state self-assessment tool, we have developed an electronic survey to help us determine policy areas that need improvement. We would like to gather as much input as possible through this survey to inform the development of a consensus set of Infant/Toddler Policy Priorities for Rhode Island to be released in fall 2014. Please take the survey by August 27 and feel free to share the survey link with others.
The public-private leadership team for this effort includes Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Kristine Campagna Home Visiting Manger at the Rhode Island Department of Health, Susan Dickstein, President of the RI Association for Infant Mental Health, and Brenda DuHamel Early Intervention/Part C Coordinator at the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services along with a 20-person planning committee.
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starFederal Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Grant Competition
starRhode Island Infant & Toddler Policy Priorities - Take the Priority Survey
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