Exposure to high-quality early childhood education (ECE) is the foundation for future academic success, especially for children from low-income backgrounds. Increasing access to subsidized child care and public pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) opportunities are some of the pathways that Texas is utilizing to provide affordable early educational supports for children from low-income families. However, increasing access alone is not enough. The quality of these programs is the key to building a child’s brain that is primed for future learning.
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recognize that focusing on quality early care and education provides a promising path forward for our children’s educational and economic success and our state’s economic competitiveness. The utilization of the 2018 Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) increase of $230 million—a 45% increase in funding—accelerated this work by:
1. Increasing access to quality child care
2. Raising reimbursement rates for child care providers
3. Expanding access to Texas Rising Star mentors
4. Investing in innovative quality solutions
In Investment & Innovation: Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Education for Low-Income Children, CHILDREN AT RISK examine’s the investment of CCDBG funding on quality improvement, offers policy recommendations to help further the state’s goals, and discusses innovative, evidence-based practices that are essential to improving the quality of child care for low-income children.
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