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September Newsletter

How Three Communities Are Spending Nearly $500 Million on Children and Youth

We released three new community profiles that highlight how Milwaukee, WI; Syracuse, NY; and New Mexico are investing nearly half a billion dollars in American Rescue Plan funds for children and youth. 

Together, these three communities are making massive investments in child care, K-12 education, pre-K, and youth workforce development to support millions of kids. They share lessons learned, tips for other communities, and more.

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What's New

Local Government Can Expand Pre-K—Four Lessons from New York City’s Pre-K for All Initiative

In a new guest blog post, Josh Wallack, former leader of New York City’s Pre-K for All initiative, shares four lessons he learned from overseeing one of the largest and fastest expansions of pre-K in the country.

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Early Childhood Education Starts at Birth—Three Lessons from Preschool Promise

In another new guest blog post, Robyn Lightcap, executive director of Dayton and Montgomery County, OH’s, Preschool Promise, highlights the lessons she and the organization have learned, including the importance of focusing on birth to age 3, equity, and teacher education. 

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In Case You Missed It

Even More American Rescue Plan Profiles

Check out our additional profiles of communities using American Rescue Plan funds for children and youth: Deschutes County, OR (child care); Anne Arundel County, MD (comprehensive); St. Louis, MO (youth workforce development); Franklin County, OH (child care); Baltimore, MD (youth); and Sioux City, IA (out-of-school time).

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This Month’s Kids Funding Win

Massachusetts passed a bill that legalized sports betting and dedicated a portion of its tax revenue to after-school programs. The state joins Louisiana, which implemented its sports betting program earlier this year, in dedicating some of its tax revenue to kids. We look forward to seeing more states follow their lead.

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Upcoming Webinars

Join us today at 4 p.m. EDT for our webinar “How Cost Models Can Help Tribal Nations Support Early Childhood Programs.” Today’s webinar will explain why cost models are key for providing high-quality early care and education programs and how tribes can benefit from knowing how much money it will take to achieve their goals for young children. Then save the dates for the next two webinars in our series about strategic public financing for tribal nations coming up on October 5 and November 2.

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