Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Child care in the U.S. is in a state of crisis now more than ever due to the wide-ranging effects of the pandemic. One initiative that offers both short and long-term opportunities to sustain and improve high-quality early care and education is Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (Partnerships). Partnerships’ innovative approach extends Early Head Start beyond a limited number of centers to include community-based providers, improving care for many more infants and toddlers throughout the country. To fully understand and benefit from the effectiveness of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, we will engage in a virtual round table discussion with leaders from program, policy, and state systems to discuss their own Partnership experiences, including successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth. As our nation comes together to develop new solutions to resolve the ongoing child care crisis, it is vital that we consider lessons learned from the implementation of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.