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Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program
In July 2023, the City of Providence, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), distributed grants through the Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program to early learning facilities and family child care providers to help them plan space renovations, conduct assessments of overall suitability of spaces, and proceed with capital building improvements. Funded by both the American Rescue Plan Act and the city's general operating budget, the program enables providers to address urgent health and safety issues, expand their physical capacity, or come into compliance with licensing regulations. In the program's first year, 24 child care centers—including 16 home-based providers and 8 center-based providers— received a total of $1 million in total grants. The Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program will run for two years.  Learn more: early learning infrastructure support program Sources: City of Providence. (2023). Mayor Smiley, LISC Awards 24 Early Child Care Providers Over One Million Dollars in Infrastructure Grants. Providence Business News. (2023). Providence awards $1M in Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program grants.
  • Expansion
    • Physical Space and Facilities
    2023 $1 million
    CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization)
    Ongoing funding
    In July 2023, the City of Providence, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), distributed grants through the Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program to early learning facilities and family child care providers to help them plan space renovations, conduct assessments of overall suitability of spaces, and proceed with capital building improvements. Funded by both the American Rescue Plan Act and the city's general operating budget, the program enables providers to address urgent health and safety issues, expand their physical capacity, or come into compliance with licensing regulations. In the program's first year, 24 child care centers—including 16 home-based providers and 8 center-based providers— received a total of $1 million in total grants. The Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program will run for two years.  Learn more: early learning infrastructure support program Sources: City of Providence. (2023). Mayor Smiley, LISC Awards 24 Early Child Care Providers Over One Million Dollars in Infrastructure Grants. Providence Business News. (2023). Providence awards $1M in Early Learning Infrastructure Support Program grants.
    Registered Apprenticeship for Family Child Care Providers
    In 2021, multiple Rhode Island organizations came together to announce a new Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for Family Child Care (FCC) providers. This program represents a partnership between four parties: the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), which sets the quality standards of care; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 NE, which represents the bargaining unit of the FCC Providers; the SEIU Education and Support Fund, which is sponsoring the registered apprenticeship and will play an integral role as an education provider; and Family Child Care Providers, an essential representative in the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee that oversees the registered apprenticeship program, ensuring the program meets the needs of providers seeking to advance their education, professional development and earnings opportunities. FCC providers are sole proprietors that through SEIU collectively bargain with DHS on reimbursement rates. The program aims to address the significant barriers FCC providers face to earn a Childhood Development Associate certification (CDA), which helps increase providers’ earnings and QRIS ratings. RAP is an 18-month program that provides on-the-job training for new apprentices while earning a CDA and receiving incremental wage increases. The program is funded by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Association American Apprenticeship Initiative. Learn more: Building Futures Rhode Island Sources: Building Futures Rhode Island. (2021). New, Innovative Early Childhood Educator Registered Apprenticeship for Family Child Care Providers.
    • Workforce
      • Apprenticeships
      2021
      • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
      • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds
      Part of Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program
      In 2021, multiple Rhode Island organizations came together to announce a new Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for Family Child Care (FCC) providers. This program represents a partnership between four parties: the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), which sets the quality standards of care; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 NE, which represents the bargaining unit of the FCC Providers; the SEIU Education and Support Fund, which is sponsoring the registered apprenticeship and will play an integral role as an education provider; and Family Child Care Providers, an essential representative in the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee that oversees the registered apprenticeship program, ensuring the program meets the needs of providers seeking to advance their education, professional development and earnings opportunities. FCC providers are sole proprietors that through SEIU collectively bargain with DHS on reimbursement rates. The program aims to address the significant barriers FCC providers face to earn a Childhood Development Associate certification (CDA), which helps increase providers’ earnings and QRIS ratings. RAP is an 18-month program that provides on-the-job training for new apprentices while earning a CDA and receiving incremental wage increases. The program is funded by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Association American Apprenticeship Initiative. Learn more: Building Futures Rhode Island Sources: Building Futures Rhode Island. (2021). New, Innovative Early Childhood Educator Registered Apprenticeship for Family Child Care Providers.
      Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund
      Through a March 2021 ballot measure, Rhode Island voters approved the Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund, which dedicated over $13 million in one-time grant funding for physical improvements to existing child care spaces and for the development of new licensed early childhood care and education facilities. Grant funds can be used for costs associated with the design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, or other capital improvement or deferred maintenance of an eligible facility. The approved applicants include five expansion projects totaling more than $7.8 million and creating nearly 500 slots, plus 10 capital improvement projects totaling $700,000 and improving more than 700 childcare seats. Awards will be made until the fund is fully allocated. Learn more: Early Childhood Care & Education Capital Fund Sources:State of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee. (2022). Governor McKee Announces $8.5 Million in First Round Awardees from Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund.LISC. (n.d.). Early childhood care and education capital fund.
      • Expansion
        • Physical Space and Facilities
        2021 $13 million
        State Dedicated Funding Stream
        One-time funding
        Through a March 2021 ballot measure, Rhode Island voters approved the Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund, which dedicated over $13 million in one-time grant funding for physical improvements to existing child care spaces and for the development of new licensed early childhood care and education facilities. Grant funds can be used for costs associated with the design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, or other capital improvement or deferred maintenance of an eligible facility. The approved applicants include five expansion projects totaling more than $7.8 million and creating nearly 500 slots, plus 10 capital improvement projects totaling $700,000 and improving more than 700 childcare seats. Awards will be made until the fund is fully allocated. Learn more: Early Childhood Care & Education Capital Fund Sources:State of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee. (2022). Governor McKee Announces $8.5 Million in First Round Awardees from Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund.LISC. (n.d.). Early childhood care and education capital fund.
        Rhode Island Data Ecosystem
        Established in 2016, the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Data Ecosystem is a comprehensive health integrated data system that includes vital records, child welfare services, and early childhood services (e.g., home visiting, early intervention, child care subsidy, and Head Start). The system functions as a series of data requests and data-sharing agreements across multiple programs and multiple agencies, including the Department of Education. The system shares demographic, program, and individual level data using a unique identifier. The system is funded through federal Medicaid funds, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act funds, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants, Preschool Development Grants Birth Through 5, CARES Act funds, and the CDC Health Disparities grant program. Learn more: About the Rhode Island Ecosystem Sources:Berkowitz, E. & Jenkins, D. (2021). AISP Case Study: How the Rhode Island EOHHS Ecosystem Leverages Federal Funding to Support State Data Capacity. Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy. University of Pennsylvania.
        • Infrastructure to Support Early Childhood Systems
          • Data Systems
          2016
          • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
          • Medicaid
          • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
          • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
          • CARES Act
          • CDC Health Disparities grant program
          Integrated Data System
          Established in 2016, the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Data Ecosystem is a comprehensive health integrated data system that includes vital records, child welfare services, and early childhood services (e.g., home visiting, early intervention, child care subsidy, and Head Start). The system functions as a series of data requests and data-sharing agreements across multiple programs and multiple agencies, including the Department of Education. The system shares demographic, program, and individual level data using a unique identifier. The system is funded through federal Medicaid funds, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act funds, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants, Preschool Development Grants Birth Through 5, CARES Act funds, and the CDC Health Disparities grant program. Learn more: About the Rhode Island Ecosystem Sources:Berkowitz, E. & Jenkins, D. (2021). AISP Case Study: How the Rhode Island EOHHS Ecosystem Leverages Federal Funding to Support State Data Capacity. Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy. University of Pennsylvania.
          Center for Early Learning Professionals
          Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals offers in-person, online, and hybrid professional development opportunities in the form of intensive, multi-session training series. Participants receive assignments to apply skills in their work. The Center also offers on-site coaching and mentoring to support training implementation. Diverse training is open to all early care and education professionals in Rhode Island who serve children age birth to 5 in child care centers, family child care homes, public school inclusion preschools, and state-funded pre-K programs. The Center is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) as the workforce development hub for the birth-to-5 early learning community. The Center partners with BrightStars and other DHS-funded community partners to coordinate the delivery of services to best meet the individual needs of programs and providers. Learn more: Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals Sources: Center for Early Learning Professionals. (n.d.). CELP PD. Center for Early Learning Professionals. (n.d.). What we do.
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            • Professional Learning
            Includes coaching, training, and an online component
            Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals offers in-person, online, and hybrid professional development opportunities in the form of intensive, multi-session training series. Participants receive assignments to apply skills in their work. The Center also offers on-site coaching and mentoring to support training implementation. Diverse training is open to all early care and education professionals in Rhode Island who serve children age birth to 5 in child care centers, family child care homes, public school inclusion preschools, and state-funded pre-K programs. The Center is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) as the workforce development hub for the birth-to-5 early learning community. The Center partners with BrightStars and other DHS-funded community partners to coordinate the delivery of services to best meet the individual needs of programs and providers. Learn more: Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals Sources: Center for Early Learning Professionals. (n.d.). CELP PD. Center for Early Learning Professionals. (n.d.). What we do.
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            Demographics Data Scorecard

            State population

            1,093,734 Source U.S. Census, 2022

            Rural %

            8.9% Source U.S. Census, 2020

            Urban %

            91.1% Source U.S. Census, 2020

            Number of children 0–4

            53,550 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

            36% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Median family income among households with children

            $90,300.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Unemployment rate

            3.5% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

            Unemployment rate of parents

            5% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

            N/A, for most states between 65%-75% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

            33% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

            Race and Ethnicity

            • American Indian and Alaska Native (.5%)
            • Asian (4%)
            • Black or African American (7%)
            • Hispanic or Latino (28%)
            • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (.5%)
            • Two or more races (5%)
            • White, not Hispanic or Latino (55%)
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            Early Childhood Education Programs

            Public Pre-K Program Name

            Rhode Island State Pre-Kindergarten Program Source: NIEER 2023

            Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

            Targeted Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

            Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

            Programs

            • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (8%)
            • Other/None (92%)

            Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

            Programs

            • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (21%)
            • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (5%)
            • Other/None (74%)

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            2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

            Role

            • Child Care Workers
              $12.36 (2017, adjusted)
              $12.01 (2019)
            • Preschool Teachers
              $15.24 (2017, adjusted)
              $13.80 (2019)
            • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
              $28.46 (2017, adjusted)
              $24.32 (2019)

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            Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

            Funding Source

            • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($33.8)
            • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($24.6)
            • CCDBG State Match ($3)
            • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($125)
            • State-Funded Pre-K ($14.4)
            • MIECHV ($7.3)
            • IDEA Part C ($3.6)
            • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($2.6)
            • TANF Early Learning and Care ($42.8)
            • Preschool Development Grant Birth ($11.6)