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The Quest For Equity and Quality Examining Provider Experiences and Participation in Texas Rising Star

April 1, 2022

Exposure to high-quality child care is the foundation for a child's academic and social-emotional success, especially for children from low-income families. Increasing access to subsidized child care is one of the many strategies used to provide affordable early education to children from low-income families. However, increasing access alone is not enough when it comes to early learning. Children need to be in high-quality care to reap the many benefits.One systematic way to measure and increase quality of child care programs is through a state's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). QRIS is a systematic framework used to measure, improve, and communicate the quality of early childhood education (ECE) providers across a range of indicators. In Texas, this system is called Texas Rising Star (TRS). TRS is only open to child care providers who accept families receiving subsidy child care assistance. While TRS offers incentives for participation including professional development and increased reimbursement rates, currently TRS reaches only a fraction of lowincome children and the providers. 

Every Child Thrives Annual Snapshot 2021

March 1, 2022

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's annual snapshot 2021 highlights its record-breaking year of grantmaking, during which the foundation awarded more than $483 million in new grant commitments, the largest amount ever in its 91-year history, which included $232 million of its $300 million social impact bond commitment, announced in October 2020. It also features leadership editorials from La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO; Celeste A. Clark, board chair and Don Williamson, vice president for finance and treasurer, alongside the grantmaking and financial statements for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2021. The annual snapshot is available in English, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

The Economic Role of Paid Child Care in the U.S.

February 10, 2022

One of the most fundamental roles played by child care is enabling parents to participate in the labor force. Most parents with young children are in the workforce. Among U.S. families with a child under age 5, 91% have a working parent. For married couple families, 98% have at least one working parent and 60% have both parents in the workforce. For families maintained by only one parent, 79% of mothers and 88% of fathers who head the household are employed. To support employment, parents choose from a broad range of child care options, either paid or unpaid. This report focuses on the role played by paid child care services. Paid care provides parents with a market-based alternative to in-home parental care and other forms of non-paid care.

Building A High Quality Early Childhood Leadership System of Leadership and Practice

January 10, 2022

This document serves as the Year 5 Annual report for the Building a High-Quality EarlyChildhood System of Leadership and Teaching Practice initiative ("the initiative"). Data summaryreports with feedback on individual trainings throughout the year (e.g., Kindergarten Academy,trainings geared toward childcare providers and trainings related to COVID and better utilization ofthe OWL curriculum) are available in Appendix 1.

Farm to Early Care and Education 2016-2021 Impact Report

December 1, 2021

Farm to Early Care and Education. Deeping a stakeholder coalition & developing a F2ECE that could be offered statewide.

Webinar - Networks and systems that support success for educators, students, and researchers at Native American, Historically Black, and Hispanic-Serving Higher Education Institutions

November 19, 2021

White-led higher education institutions such as 1862 land grant universities and other public/private universities in the U.S. often have an incredibly rich array of resources, programs, and networks that support the growth and success of their educators (including those in Cooperative Extension), students, and researchers. However, many who work for, study at, or partner with these higher education institutions are less aware of the networks and systems that support the success of educators, students, and researchers at 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities, 1890 Land Grant Universities (historically Black universities established under the second Morrill Act of 1890), and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Fifteen Years of Edible Education at FirstLine Schools

October 21, 2021

Getting to this place–where what used to be a concrete yard next to a school is now a living, breathing, food-producing ecosystem, powered and beloved and owned by students–has taken us… awhile. Wander with us along the winding garden path that is our 15-year history, and we will point out some sights along the way.We start with the return to school after Hurricane Katrina: our history began with a few plants in pots in the side yard of Samuel J. Green school. Brilliant children, whose lives had been disrupted by the floods that followed the storm, were unable to sit still and had difficulty focusing. Dr. Anthony Recasner, a child psychologist and leader of the reopening of Green, recognized these early signs of trauma. He had seen in garden club at New Orleans Charter Middle how being outdoors and taking care of living things gave children agency, confidence, and a sense of community, and he saw the busted-up back of the campus as an opportunity. So when the famous chef, Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, came to New Orleans, and asked if Green would like to replicate her model of edible education, Recasner said yes.

Farm to Early Care and Education Self-Assessment

October 8, 2021

Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of activities that include purchasing and serving local foods, gardening (indoors or outdoors), and food and agriculture education activities. This Farm to ECE Self-Assessment from the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is designed to help ECE providers and those who work with ECE providers assess their current farm to ECE practices and develop goals and action plans to grow farm to ECE at their site

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Investing in Farm to Early Care and Education A Funder's Guide to Nourishing Children, Families and Communities

October 1, 2021

This guide is for funders and all who seek to support farm to early care and education programs that nourish children, familiesand communities. It overviews farm to early care and education and its benefits, describes challenges within our food and learning systems that farm to early care and education seeks to solve, spotlights community-based initiatives, and outlines how funders can play a role in supporting communities by expanding farm to early care and education.

Classroom Libraries Project: Teaching with Multicultural Literature

September 30, 2021

These are the slides we modified for our asynchronous learning module. We have also posted a URL to see a recorded version of this module. The content of this module is a variation of the in-person training we conducted with teachers this August.

The Promise of Farm to Early Care and Education: Policy Brief #1 of 4

September 29, 2021

The first in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.

Farm to Early Care and Education Means a Community Working Together: Policy Brief #2 of 4

September 29, 2021

The second in a four-part series of policy briefs that overviews farm to early care and education, and describes opportunities in coalition building, procurement and resourcing to expand farm to early care and education—benefiting children, providers, local farmers and communities. Learn how policymakers can play a role.

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