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What Rhode Island is doing about Infant Care

ECEA is keeping you updated on what other states are doing!







Slow expansion of Pre-K.


Only meeting CCDF mandated match amount at this point for state funding for child care.


9 out of 10 households cannot afford child care.








1- 50% 4, 75%, 5 80% ---everything should be at the 75% to ensure family choice for quality.

Proposing these rates in statute.


FCCH have been paid less than centers, unionized and wants to be paid the same, that is being proposed right now.


Has not passed but is presented each year....attempting to continue to make progress.




$3,000/year supplement for educators at this point. Through 2024 via ARPA. Still have a huge staffing crisis. Regardless of where work, qualify.



ECEA IS CONCERNED THAT WE WILL SEE THE SAME IN COLORADO NOW WITH UPK!!


Federal requirements for qualifications are higher for head start/early head start and they cannot afford to get and keep workforce to meet the requirement.


30% are in public schools. The rest are in head start or community based programs.



NO infant/toddler set aside included. It's not in state law that it has to happen. Don't want to slow preschool expansion.



Additional notes:

WAGES launches in two weeks. Hard for state to invest in something new. PDG money to start the program has been encouraged. They finally did apply for the grant and using half to launch WAGES and prioritize infant/toddler wages. Only lasts for one year. Enables data collection.


Will take from the top 1% to fund the bottom 99% in their state.


Family leave for 24 weeks for a family is part of their child care strategy.


Questions:

Don't know how many children are receiving child care in the state from total population.





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