BUILDing Strong Foundations

May 24, 2018

Posted by: Build Initiative
With the historic allocation of $2.4 billion in new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds in the 2018 omnibus spending bill, we have the opportunity to improve child care and early education policies for infants and toddlers, and their parents and caregivers. The new dollars came at a time when we know more than ever about what supports the healthy development of infants and toddlers and what families need for economic stability. We also know the clear racial and ethnic disparities in who receives child care assistance and how child care workers of color fare in state child care assistance programs. The increase in funding gives states the chance to make progress on these fronts.
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April 24, 2018

Posted by: Build Initiative
Federal technical assistance (TA)[1] centers, research institutions, national organizations, and philanthropic funders offer a range of TA opportunities. Technical assistance has the potential to facilitate and support the movement of states,[2] regions, programs, grantees, and even individuals toward their vision and goals, but information on where, when, and how to apply for these wide-ranging opportunities with experts is not always clear. Further, many more questions arise for states as they begin to negotiate the TA terrain, e.g., how should the learning from the TA be incorporated into practice within the state; how should TA align with already established visions and priorities; and how do states ensure staff doesn’t end up overworked, over-deployed, or as merely superficial participants in these opportunities? This summary aims to address these and other issues by offering “10 Tips” – gleaned from interviews with state leaders and TA providers in 2017.
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April 02, 2018

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Check out the latest on immigration, health equity, suspension and expulsion, and early learning.
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March 08, 2018

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BUILD Initiative and CEELO recently released A Learning Table to Improve State Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Policy: Reflections and Recommendations After Three Years of Implementation, sharing lessons learned on/recommendations for providing technical assistance to state early education practices.
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March 07, 2018

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Find out what we're reading in immigration, racial equity, and early learning news.
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March 02, 2018

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We're using your feedback to help us exceed last year's success. At the San Diego meeting, we want to forge new relationships and fortify old ones. We want to strengthen our resolves and celebrate our victories. We want to educate and learn, enlighten and inspire. We want to spark solutions and share systems strategies. Naturally, after reading your comments, I wondered what you will say about this year’s meeting. What sessions, what speakers, what conversations will transform you?
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February 22, 2018

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Catch up on your equity, mental health, suspension/expulsion, and early learning reading.
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February 02, 2018

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Read the latest on racial equity, systems building, early learning, and more.
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January 30, 2018

Posted by: Build Initiative
As Executive Director of the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, my role is to ensure that children and their families are surrounded and served by high-quality early learning services. To do this, we focus on a system that provides quality programming to reach all children, especially those who are most vulnerable.
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January 16, 2018

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Catch up on your reading this week! BUILD Initiative shares the latest on racial equity, health equity, suspension and expulsion, immigration, and early learning.
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