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–Congressman John Lewis
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Register for the QRIS Meeting Today

Registration is now open for the 2017 QRIS National Meeting and this year will be bigger and better! We’ve listened to your feedback and introduced new session types to make this year’s meeting more interactive and engaging than the last. Early Bird registration ends on March 15th. Don’t miss out on the great savings! Check out the details on our website and register today.

“Philadelphia, Nebraska and Louisiana: ‘Soda’ Taxes and Tax Credits”
This Let’s Talk session tackles financing for early childhood. Do you want to learn more about Philadelphia’s soda tax that is used for a QRIS-based pre-K program, Nebraska’s workforce and QRIS tax credit, and Louisiana’s QRIS-connected school readiness tax credits for teachers, directors, programs, parents, and businesses? Did you notice that President-elect Trump’s policy platform included federal tax credits for child care? Or that other localities besides Philadelphia passed new local revenue generation measures this fall? View the recording and slide deck of this moderated discussion that introduces these financing approaches, the impetus and advocacy for them, and the programs that they support. 

External News and Resources
“Quality at Scale: Supporting Sustainable, High-Quality Early Care and Education Across the Commonwealth”

Systems alignment within government alone will not suffice. To achieve its child outcome goals, states must also align systems among service providers. In this instructive paper, Louise Stoney uses the work of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning to identify policy barriers to improving child outcomes and to explore ways the state can support Shared Services as a systems-building framework at the early-care-and-education-provider level. Click here to read this document and its accompanying infographic.

“Red Light Green Light: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2016”

This annual report from the National Women’s Law Center covers child care assistance policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The report reveals that families in thirty-one states benefited from at least one key policy that it covers. While this finding is promising, the improvements in child care made by states were modest, and access to care and availability remain challenging. Click here to learn more.

“Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool: Aligning Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) with Farm to Preschool”

This resource from the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network helps child care centers and family child care homes integrate farm-to-preschool activities into curriculums, demonstrates how farm-to-preschool programming can enhance star ratings, and addresses the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale.

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