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Blueprint & Investing through the ARRA 2009.pdf

Blueprint & Investing through the ARRA 2009.pdf

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Alabama’s Plan to Ensure That: “Every Child Has the Opportunity to Succeed in Life” Developed through the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning grant and adapted from the
The National School Readiness Indicators Initiative
Alabama’s Plan to Ensure That: “Every Child Has the Opportunity to Succeed in Life” Developed through the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning grant and adapted from the
The National School Readiness Indicators Initiative

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Blueprint for Zero to Five 
Dr. Marquita Davis
Commissione
r, Department of Children’s Affairs
 Sharis LeMay
Alabama Department of Public Health/ECCS PlanningGail B. Piggott
Alabama Partnership for Children
 
Smart Start 
 Blueprint Advisory Sub-Committee Chairs:Vicki Cooper Robinson
Department of Child Abuse & Neglect PreventionMargaret Morton
Sylacauga Alliance for Family EnhancementCathy Jones
Alabama State Department of EducationJoan Wright
Childcare Resources, Birmingham, AlabamaAlice Widgeon
Alabama Department of Mental Health/MRLinda Lee
Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
 Alabama’s Plan to Ensure That:
 
“Every Child Has the Opportunity to Succeed in Life”
 
Developed through the Early Childhood Comprehensive SystemsPlanning grant and adapted from the
The National School Readiness Indicators Initiative 
Investing funds through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
to producethe highest returns and a brighter future for Alabama
 
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 Blueprint for Zero to Five
 
 – 
 
An Investment in Alabama’s Future
 
The
 Blueprint for Zero to Five
is the result of the statewide Early Childhood ComprehensiveSystems planning process through the Department of Public Health and is offered by the AlabamaPartnership for Children as a comprehensive plan for reaching its mission. A broad-based group of service providers, advocates, community leaders, families, and other stakeholders participated instrategic planning sessions to develop a concise, comprehensive plan to ensure that every child has theopportunity to succeed. The process has been comprehensive and inclusive, building on work that hasbeen done over the past several years. Over ten plans or sets of recommendations were compiled todetermine common needs identified or interventions proposed
 – 
areas on which there is broadagreement. And, over a period of three years, statewide experts (both service providers and
consumers) examined the “state of young children” in Alaba
ma, defined what young children need tobe ready for the rigors and opportunities of the K-12 school system, reviewed the research of proveninterventions, identified existing programs and resources, and developed a structure for action planningusing an indicators-based approach.Stated as a simple formula, the
 Blueprin
is based on strong, fully functioning families:
 Ready Families + Ready Communities + Ready Services (Health and Early Education)+ Ready Schools = Ready Children
Viewed as a structure for planning, funding, advocacy, accountability, and policy decisions,statewide support for the
 Blueprin
 
as the comprehensive plan for children’s healthy development
andschool readiness results from state leadership, input from local service providers and parents, and aunified message about what young children need to develop optimally.An overarching goal of the plan is to promote investments in early childhood as provenstrategies with enormous benefits to family and community well-being, education, and economic
development. Joining our nation’s Governors, economists, scientists, an
d early childhood advocates,this plan for young children offers what is needed most in these difficult and uncertain financial times
 – 
a plan for investment where there are the greatest returns
 – 
a
Smart Start 
 
for Alabama’s children
.In 2009, the
 Blueprin
Advisory Committee was tasked with identifying potential fundingsources for
 Blueprin
components through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).The following set of recommendations combines priorities identified by the Advisory Committee withinformation about potential funding through ARRA to support components of the
 Blueprint.
Our goalis to use one-time funding to put into place important infrastructure components or building blocks fora coordinated and comprehensive system for young children pre-birth to age five. As an economicdevelopment initiative to support working families and build for a future of prosperity, there are fewinvestments that will provide such a return. Because of the relatively small investments we currentlymake in young children and because there is such fertile ground for impact, few opportunities providesuch a cost-benefit return.
 Each year, about 60,000 babies are born in Alabama, and they will pass quickly through the most critical years of development and opportunity for impact -- during a single gubernatorial term. They will
then all arrive at school “ready or not”, and our schools will be
accountable for their progress. Our plan is to invest more when it meansmore so that all children have the best start in life.
 
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 Blueprint for Zero to Five
(Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative)
Ready Families + Ready Communities + Ready Services + Ready Schools= Ready Children With Bright Futures
(2008-2009 Priorities
 – 
see full set of indicators at www. SmartStartAlabama.org)
1) READY FAMILIES in READY COMMUNITIES
 – 
Parents and families play the most critical role
in children’s healthy development. Mother’s limited educational level and being born to a single
mother are two of the most powerful predictors of poor outcomes. Parents need a wide range of supports and connections to provide stable homes where children can thrive. Community emphasisshould be on empowering families as first teachers and as primary caregivers and supporters of children.A)
 
Births to Teens and Single Mothers -- # of births to teens and % of births to unmarried women,% births to mothers with less than 12
th
grade educationB)
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
 – 
rate of substantiated child abuse and neglectC)
 
Family Information and Resources -- % of families participating in a research-based parentsupport program
2008-2009 Actions
: Parent Leadership Training (train the trainer) to build local capacity of providersand parents; continued distribution of Parenting Kits to parents of newborns; continued emphasis onZero to Five Matters; new public awareness campaign targeted at parents to encourage them to choosehigh quality child care and early learning programs.
 2009-2011 ARRA Support: Program Potential  Agency Partners* ARRA Funding Source
Funding to support the continuation and expansion of the distribution of Parenting Kits (AlabamaPartnership for Children
 – 
Smart Start) to parents of newborns)ASDEADHRAPCInnovation Grants and CCDFFunding to implement/expand the
 Zero to Five Matters
public awareness campaign, expanding toemphasize importance of parents choosing highquality early learning programsASDEADHRAPC
 
Innovation Grants and CCDFFunding to expand Parent Leadership Training tobuild local capacity of providers and parents;ASDEADHRCTFADCAAPC
 
Innovation Grants, CCDF,Military Child DevelopmentCenters, HS, IDEA, EducationPrograms for DisadvantagedChildrenEnsure that all child care centers, schools and homeshave broadband accessADECA Broadband ServicesOffer families free energy audits and assistance inapplying for energy tax credits and referrals toqualified contractors that can assist them in energyefficient strategies (target home-based child careproviders)ANFRC
R&R’S
 OCAPEnergy Savings and Green JobsLaunch new grant/loan programs to help communitybased providers and homes to complete projects whileawaiting funds from tax creditsANFRC
R&R’S
 OCAP
 
Energy Savings and Green Jobs
 

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