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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.

Innovative Financing to Expand Services so Children Can Thrive

The Children’s Fund Project and the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education release a policy brief that highlights ten innovative methods to finance services for children and youth. Some of these methods have been successfully implemented by communities while others are strategies to be considered. 

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.


Pay for Success Feasibility Tool Kit: Considerations for State and Local Leaders

The United States Department of Education published an introductory feasibility toolkit that provides general information on Pay for Success (PFS) and discusses the important elements to consider during the feasibility phase of a PFS project.


Social Impact Bonds Infographic

Wake Forest University’s Master of Arts in Human Services program has created a great infographic about Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). It provides background, the opportunities and challenges of this financing method as well as information about where SIBs are currently being used for human services programs.


FPG’s Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Publishes “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.

National Institute for Early Education Research: Strategies in Pursuit of Pre-K Teacher Compensation Parity Lessons From Seven States and Cities (2017)
This report provides details about how five states and two cities – San Antonio and New York City – are addressing parity for salary and benefits for early education professionals.

Mecklenburg County, NC Releases Action Plan for Early Childhood Education
The Mecklenburg County Manager created an Early Childhood Executive Committee that released a report in September of 2017 including a recommended five point plan to begin to significantly expand access to early learning programs over a six year period.

Are Employer Child Care Tax Credits Effective?
A 2018 report by the National Women’s Law Center highlights how employer tax credits for childcare are underutilized and being abandoned by several states as they are ineffective at incentivizing business to invest in their employees’ child care needs. Many companies are ineligible and others lack the federal tax liability to use tax credits.