We are excited to announce a new webinar series that will explore the fiscal, governance, and equity strategies and resources that states and communities need to make progress on a robust agenda for young children and their families. This series of six webinars, beginning in January 2021, will highlight the benefit of developing a comprehensive strategy that is aligned with a vision for the prenatal to five system.
The webinar series will be hosted by Jeanna Capito, Marie St. Fleur, and Simon Workman with additional partners joining specific webinars to share their expertise. Each webinar will also include state or community specific examples of the work in action.
More details on each webinar can be found on this page. Click on the link to register for the series.
THE NEED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO SUPPORT YOUR PN-5 AGENDA
January 13, 3-4pm ET
While many states and communities have engaged in some form of fiscal or governance work, too often that work is siloed and limited in scope and fails to bring about the significant change needed to positively impact children and families. To develop a robust prenatal to five system, states and communities should embrace a comprehensive approach that is aligned with core principles and encompasses fiscal and governance analysis with an overarching equity lens. This webinar – the first in a 5-part series - will introduce the concept of a comprehensive strategy, explaining the component parts, detailing how it can help you meet your goals, and discussing how you can ensure that incremental steps are still working in service of a broader vision for children and families.
We will be joined by Hope Lesane of Education Trust NY to share how New York is approaching this work.
FISCAL STRATEGIES PART 1: UNDERSTANDING HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE AND HOW MUCH IT WILL COST TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
January 27, 3-4pm ET
How much money does your state or community spend on services for young children and their families? Who does this revenue support and who does it explude? How much would it cost to provide the comprehensive system of care and supports outlined in your vision for your prenatal-to-five system? Knowing the answer to these questions is a key step in developing a comprehensive strategy. This webinar will discuss fiscal mapping and revenue and expense modeling as two strategies to help answer these critical questions. We will share tools and resources that you can use to conduct fiscal analyses in your state or community, to better understand the funding available in your state or community and who is eligible to access that funding and to develop an accurate estimate of the both the true cost of providing current services and the cost of a reformed system that meets key principles such as increased compensation and equitable access.
Safiyah Jackson, North Carolina Partnership for Children will join us to share her experiences with fiscal modeling and mapping.
FISCAL STRATEGIES PART 2: EFFICIENCIES, INNOVATIONS, REVENUE GENERATION
February 10, 3-4pm ET
To make long-standing progress on your vision for the prenatal to five system in your state or community requires both a realignment of existing resources and a significant increase in the resources available to support this system. In this session we will address both of these needs. First, we will discuss strategies to increase efficiency within the current system, including ways to maximize subsidy funding, and examples of innovative business models for child care programs. Second, we will discuss strategies to increase revenue, including a review of revenue raising mechanisms and key questions to address as you consider what can work in your state or community.
We will be joined by Louise Stoney of Opportunities Exchange to discuss new business models for ECE, including shared service alliances and micro-centers, as well as colleagues from the Children’s Funding Project who will share their expertise with revenue raising initiatives.
GOVERNANCE STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PN-5 SYSTEM
March 3, 3-4pm ET
To make systemic long-term change in how your P-5 system operates requires an assessment of how the current system is governed and how leadership is shared across the various entities within the system. Too often the structures currently in place are not designed to support the comprehensive approach that is being discussed in this webinar series, requiring an intentional governance strategy to address this deficit. In this, the 4th webinar in our series, we will hear how a community used a comprehensive fiscal analysis to advance shared leadership goals and increase equity across the system. We will also review ways to reimagine state-wide governance of the P-5 system, highlighting examples from across the country and discussing how to overcome barriers to change.
Maral Karaccusian, Children and Human Services Deputy for the LA County Board of Supervisors will join with discussion to share how LA County used their CFA to advance shared goals.
ENSURING P-5 INVESTMENTS AND IMPLEMENTATION ADVANCE EQUITY
March 17, 3-4pm ET
While equity has been an important consideration across the concepts discussed in this webinar series. In this, the fifth webinar in our series, we will delve deeper into equity considerations. The session will introduce participants to the four levels of change for racial equity in early childhood systems and will show how this approach can intersect with the principles driving your P-5 systems change. Specifically, the session will focus on ways to ensure that not only are the investments you make in your system promoting equity but also that the way finance and governance is implemented aligns with these values. We will also hear directly from a community about how they built a funding strategy to address equity issues in accessing funding and implementing programming.
Ngozi Lawal will join us from the Center for the Study of Social Policy to discuss community-based strategies to increase investment.
We will also be joined by Sarah Walzer, CEO Parent Child+, Pamela Williams, Washington State Director, Parent Child+/Start Early WA, and Melanie Maltry, Prenatal-to-Five Programs Manager, Best Starts for Kids, who will share their experience from Kent County, Washington.
CASE STUDY: NEW MEXICO’S COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO
ITS PRENATAL TO FIVE SYSTEM
March 31, 3-4pm ET
For the final webinar in this series we will profile the state of New Mexico, which embodies several of the concepts that we have discussed across the series. We are excited to be joined by Elizabeth Groginsky, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s Early Childhood Education & Care Department as well as Jovanna Archuleta, Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Childhood Education and Care at the Department.
Secretary Groginsky and Assistant Secretary Archuleta will share New Mexico’s experience developing a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of the state’s young children and families and the interaction of governance, finance, and equity concepts and policies in this work. In addition to the new consolidated Department, the state is engaged in a lot of exciting work in this area, including a fiscal modeling project, revenue generation efforts, and an equity council which is engaging underrepresented stakeholders in communities across the state to ensure their voices are heard and that progress is made for all children and families.