The Interagency Office on Early Childhood Development of the Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report, “Putting the Pieces Together: Community Efforts to Support our Youngest Children 0-8: A Report on the Early Learning Communities Initiative.” The initiative comes out of the administrion’s focus on place-based social service approaches that apply a continuum of services to address the interconnected needs of low-income families. This report is a product of the initiative’s effort to encourage community dialogue around coordinated actions to provide comprehensive services for families with young children. It describes 12 communities known for their innovation in this area with details on the components of their particular comprehensive early learning strategy. The communities include Alameda County, CA; Boston, MA; Cincinnati, OH; Colchester, CT; Larimer County, CO; Onslow County, North NC; Palm Beach County, FL; Puget Sound, WA; Tulsa, OK; White Earth, MN; Detroit, MI, and a Tribal Consortium. Each community profile includes sections on background; leadership and planning; quality services and strategies; tracking outcomes, quality assurance, and ensuring accountability; and school connections. “Putting the Pieces Together” provides insight into promising approaches and strong state contenders for the Early Learning Challenge Fund.
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