Transforming Financing in Early Care and Education
In addition to respecting, preserving and even unleashing the expertise of the caregiver, this jazz-like network also lends itself to much faster scale than the slow rigidity of a symphony-like system. Emerging technology has a key role, even in a sector that will continue to heavily rely on human connection.
We must consider the implications of emerging technologies on our rapidly changing world as we develop early learning solutions.
Some people in the early childhood field can at times hesitate when technology enters the conversation, as they default to the image of a two-year-old staring at a tablet for hours on end and lacking opportunities for human connection. Yet there are thoughtful ways to integrate not only child-facing technologies but other emerging technologies as powerful early learning tools.
For example, how could blockchain enable a more efficient payment mechanism for childcare subsidies, thereby increasing the number of children that have access to them, increasing the number of high-quality caregivers serving families with subsidies, and possibly even reducing the cost of management, leaving more dollars to put higher value subsidies in the system?
Or how can more platforms, such as SmartStart in South Africa and Wonderschool in the US, support networks of caregivers and enable more seamless connections among caregivers, families, and other necessary resources such as facilities and supplies? Design for scale from the start and look toward the future. The problems we are facing in early childhood are widespread, so we must be designing for scale from the start. We can continue to test and iterate on newer solutions to improve the resulting developmental outcomes, but those outcomes will only be realized if they are actually reaching children.
We have billions of children to reach globally who desperately need better early childhood options. We will never get there by making the perfect the enemy of the good.
Innovation Edge pushes all of the entrepreneurs they work with to focus on scale from the start — and I hope they can continue to influence the rest of the early childhood community with this mindset. Additionally, as Kene Umeasiegbu of Tesco discussed, there are emerging megatrends such as the population explosion and urbanization of the African continent that must be kept top of mind as we design for impact. Systems can take a long time to move. For model programs, based on total benefits, the return on every dollar invested was  :.
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Accessed March 7 The state of preschool State preschool yearbook. This research has found that while political ideology yields different perspectives on the role of government in financing high-quality early childhood education, perspectives on the role of parents are quite consistent. The federal government, however, plays an outsized role in the financing of early childhood education—and it must play a much greater one.
Transforming Early Childhood Systems
The leading researchers, economists, and experts who made this critical recommendation are, like the Power to the Profession Task Force members, calling for more and more equitable investment over time, not less. The authors are also calling for more quality, and more consistency, using the leverage held by the federal government. We believe that early childhood educators are experts in their own practice, and that they, not elected officials or policymakers, need to be the ones informing and directing the work to shape and define their profession.
That includes setting their own standards and, in collaboration with federal, state, and local governing bodies, having both support and accountability for meeting them. Skip to main content. While we will be learning and sharing more, the Task Force finds five areas from the report especially salient: Benefits Outweigh Cost Early childhood education contributes 1.
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