For example, in 2015, we were asked to improve foster children’s access to early childhood education. Our experts recognized that the system in place unnecessarily put roadblocks in front of foster parents seeking assistance. As a result, we developed and insured the adoption of new policies that shortened the waiting period for the placement of foster children in childcare from six to eight weeks to no more than five days. In addition, we found a way for foster children and children experiencing homelessness to enter Head Start and Early Head Start programs without ever being placed on a wait list.
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Creating a United Front
Our president Kara Waddell chairs the local Early Learning Alliance, of group of nearly 50 organizations and agencies in North Texas that provides a united front to guide policy change and respond to legislative opportunities.
In addition, CCA is pursuing ways to bring together researchers and practitioners in the early childhood education landscape in North Texas to share their collective wisdom, to discuss the gaps in current policy, and to advocate for the changes in policy the group deems important.