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Arizona

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC): A Prevention-Based Approach to Supporting Social and Emotional Wellness in Early Care and Education Settings

This article provides information on implementation of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) partnerships and implementation strategies. Implementation of IECMHC partnerships has a significantly positive impact on both professionals and children. The article also includes state examples and a landscape of IECMHC implementation in different states. 

National Native American Heritage Month–Highlighting Innovative Professional Development Practices in Tribal Early Childhood Programs

This webinar celebrated National Native American Heritage Month by focusing on the topics of workforce and professional development (PD) within Tribal early childhood (EC) programs. The webinar included information about national-, regional-, and program-level support, research, and resources to enhance workforce efforts by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) EC programs and staff. Participants heard about innovative strategies and PD initiatives from Tribal programs.

Innovations and Data Sharing

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has hit child care programs hard. CCDF lead agencies have an opportunity to help stabilize the child care market and to make certain that all families have access to all ECE services they need. This breakout involved a high-level discussion of data-sharing strategies that CCDF lead agencies can implement among providers, CCDF administrative programs, and other ECE stakeholders.

Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide: Program Design and Implementation

Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide: Program Design and Implementation helps state leaders find ways to support program design and implementation, using state and local examples. It helps state leaders and their partners plan and implement early care and education programs. This guide also shares tools and resources.

State Strategies for Building the Supply of High-Quality Infant/Toddler Care

This fourth webinar in a six-part Hot Topics series supports States and Territories in identifying multiple strategies for building a supply of quality infant and toddler care, specifically in high-need areas.

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State-Local Models and Approaches Designed to Build Strong Early Learning Systems: What States Have Learned

This document explores state-local models of early childhood system governance, including common characteristics of state-local approaches, types of models, and the vision statements of eight States.

Supporting License-Exempt Family Child Care

This issue brief aims to assist CCDF Administrators and their partners in their work to support license-exempt family child care (FCC) homes. In addressing the unique needs of exempt FCC homes, States and Territories can better support the children in their care and their families. This brief is organized into two sections: the first provides an overview of terminology, characteristics, parental preferences, and child care assistance data, and the second provides examples of several state and national initiatives to support exempt FCC.

Monitoring License-Exempt CCDF Homes

This issue brief explores decision points in developing a monitoring system, including requirements; inspections; and processes for responding to violations, complaints, referrals, and appeals. Caseloads, number of providers, and compensation and support systems for monitors and supervisors are discussed as factors that influence the cost of implementing a monitoring system. Four monitoring models are described and state examples are provided.

Monitoring and Supporting License-Exempt Care: Case Studies

This issue brief shares the experiences of six States (AR, AZ, IN, ND, NM, and UT) that have begun to address the challenges of monitoring exempt care. In addition to describing their structures, the issue brief highlights their differences in needs, cultural diversity and compliance levels, efforts to retain exempt home providers, lessons learned, and how they cultivated support for policy changes. Though the issue brief is primarily focused on exempt homes, information about how these States oversee exempt centers is also addressed.

Consumer Education: Information about Provider Monitoring and Oversight

This issue brief includes an overview of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG Act of 2014) requirements specific to consumer education and how States share provider-specific information; aggregate information about deaths, serious injuries, and abuse; and information about State licensing processes.