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Creating Local Dedicated Funding Streams for Kids: A Guide to Planning a Local Initiative to Fund Services for Children, Youth and their Families

Funding the Next Generation has published a guide to creating local sustainable funding for children through ballot measures. This how-to guide provides information on topics such as building a children’s budget to developing the best revenue strategy to getting on the ballot.

Investing in Early Learning: Bright Spots in North Carolina

NC Early Childhood Foundation’s new fact sheet highlights four counties that are investing in young children and at at least another four counties are investigating their options. Other resources such as polling data are also included.

Ten Questions Local Policymakers Should Ask About Expanding Access to Preschool

A new report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) summarizes key findings from a study looking at local preschool initiatives in 10 cities across the U.S. The report identifies ten questions, which any city or community should consider when working to expand access to and improve the quality of preschool provided in their communities.

 

School Readiness Tax Credits Benefit Louisiana Families and Communities

A new report by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children shows how Louisiana’s School Readiness Tax Credits stand out as a national model. Through the tax credits, Louisiana is supporting a broad network of child care providers that create jobs and earnings in their local economies, as well as providing critical services for children. For every dollar spent in the Louisiana early care and education sector, there is a $1.78 return into the local economy. This tax credit program is one of the case studies in this toolkit.

Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool

Manuela Fonseca of the Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance Team released a new report that examines strategies of braiding, blending, and layering multiple funding streams to provide support and sustain high quality preschool programs.

 

Community Innovation Asset Map

InnovateNC, a cross-city learning collaborative, has created an Innovation Asset Map.  It’s a turnkey tool for communities of all sizes to enhance their innovation capability through the development of a roadmap to grow their innovation economy. The tool provides worksheets for communities to catalogue their current assets and consider how they can build enabling environments to foster innovation as well as create community and economic development policies that support innovation. The Innovation Asset map can be downloaded here.

 

Unlocking Local Dollars for Early Childhood in North Carolina

Download our new fact sheet on local investments in early learning and read more about our work to advance policies that create a stronger NC today and tomorrow.

 

FPG’s Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Publishes the “Preschool Inclusion Finance Toolkit

This toolkit outlines strategies and guidance on collaborative funding strategies and mechanisms, including braided funding, to create and sustain high-quality inclusive regular early childhood settings that are inclusive of preschool children with disabilities.