Building Supply, Enhancing Quality, and Advancing Equity: The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Series

A new set of briefs published by the Children’s Equity Project, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center and Start Early. The series highlights the promising work of the EHS-CCPs to date, particularly related to pandemic recovery and stabilization, and highlights the many roles that states can play in establishing and expanding their own EHS-CCPs, including by using Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five funding and aligning CCDF quality funding with supports needed to implement the Early Head Start model. The series emphasizes the role of the EHS-CCPs in pandemic recovery, workforce stabilization, and expanding access to holistic supports for children and families, especially mental health supports.

The EHS-CCPs take many forms in states and communities across the country, but all provide resources to child care partners to deliver high quality services aligned with the holistic Early Head Start model. This includes ensuring access to early learning for infants and toddlers; vision, hearing and developmental screenings; connections to health supports, including mental and dental healthcare; supports for families- including connections to prenatal care and  economic, education, housing, and health supports; and coaching and access to credentials and higher levels of education for the workforce. In some states, the EHS-CCPs have prompted important policy changes that align standards across these two programs, reducing burden for communities and providers.

Check out the full briefs below:

State Recommendations to Build and Expand EHS-CCPs

A State Roadmap to Establish EHS-CCPs

Spotlight on the EHS-CCPs During the Pandemic