Only one month into 2018, and we have been busy! Here’s an update of what we’ve been up to:
Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant is in Motion
The enrollment at our partner sites has begun – we are excited for what’s ahead for these families and children! In addition to quality early learning, children and families will receive Health Services support—including the administration of developmental screenings, assessment of medical or dental needs, and inquiries about the child’s nutritional history. In addition to these screenings, ongoing mental health supports will be provided. Ed Source published a feature on this grant partnership; you can read the full story, here. We look forward to the hope this grant will provided to the county’s most vulnerable families.
Research & Evaluation Team Partners with Heluna Health – Little by Little School Readiness Program
Child360 will serve as the evaluator of Heluna Health’s Nationally Recognized Little by Little School Readiness Program. As the lead evaluator, Child360 will coordinate and conduct 400 home visits as part of an evaluation of this nationally recognized early literacy program. The program, funded by First 5 LA and administered through The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (or WIC), currently serves 65,000 low-income children each year and seeks to level the playing field in school readiness for low-income children. For more information, you can click the press release announcement, here.
Multiple Teams Present at National Conference
Child360 showcased at the inaugural Young Child Expo & Conference in Los Angeles. This conference has historically taken place in New York, and this year marked the first tour on the West Coast. Child360 sessions were led by Family Engagement Staff, Quality Service Specialists, and Program Coaches. Topics ranged from strategies that promote higher student achievement, ways to “be ahead of” misbehavior, brain development, STEAM, and more.
Response Provided to Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 Proposed Budget
On January 10, Governor Brown unveiled his $179.5 billion spending proposal. The proposal includes multiple funding increases for early care and education, in which he honors his commitment made in the FY 2016-17 budget to increase provider reimbursement rates and add full-day State Preschool slots. Child360 released a statement in response to the budget, which includes ECE budget highlights as well as Child360’s sentiments on the outlined ECE investments. You can access our statement here. Early learning advocates hope that the proposed ECE increases will open the door to discussions about further investments that are needed in early learning access, quality and workforce development.
To read more about the budget and deeper perspectives from us and our partners, click here.