The New Economic Recovery Law: Child Care, Head Start and Early Head Start Resources
The Children's Defense Fund has gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations that can help you become familiar with the Recovery Act funding and program activities available in states and communities. The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy provides links to these materials. This section of the guide provides information and resources for child care, head start and early head start and will be updated frequently to provide the latest and most helpful resources.
Child Care, Head Start and Early Head Start
Departmental or Congressional Organizations
Advocacy and Other Organizations
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): CLASP has several helpful resources on their Reinvesting in Child Care web site.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): It has a website devoted to Recovery Act resources that will help improve access to and the quality of early childhood education, including resources and state allocations for specific programs.
- Build Initiative: "Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package: Possible Strategies for Funding Quality Rating and Improvement Systems." This brief describes potential sources for early childhood funding under the Recovery Act and how they can help assure quality early childhood programs. These suggestions, which include efforts to increase teacher quality, also are helpful in exploring how the Recovery Act funds can be used to support other state early childhood initiatives.
- Birth to Five Policy Alliance: The Alliance and its 16 grantees promote state policies to ensure positive early childhood development and supportive parenting. It has developed an Economic Recovery Help Center, which includes an Economic Recovery News Center that provides state data, guidance, upcoming calls and events related to early childhood, and links to other relevant state and federal websites. People can also find answers to their specific Recovery Act questions by posting questions on the Alliance Recovery Blog. This website also offers customized assistance from the Alliance Recovery Response Team.
- Zero to Three: Navigating the Opportunities for Families with Young Children in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an interactive tool designed to help decision makers and advocates navigate the ways in which Recovery Act funds may be used to positively impact the healthy development of infants and toddlers. The tool is organized around the needs of the whole child — Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. For each featured program, you can click on the links within the tool for an overview of the program, the population served or eligible, the Recovery Act provisions, and ways the new funds may be used.