They are making strategic investments across programs and systems upon which families rely, with the aim of providing immediate relief to real-time needs brought about by the pandemic. States are also taking this opportunity to invest in the development of stronger systems for the long term.
The end of ARPA resources presents a very real threat that progress will be compromised and that access to services that families depend on will be destabilized. Sustainable, long-term funding, which includes investments in state agency capacity, is essential if we are to maintain the progress that has been made and continue to move forward in building an early childhood system that ensures every baby can reach their full potential.
The companion brief is based on interviews with state agency staff, community partners, and advocates in 8 states in early 2023.
Access individual state profiles, with state-wide approaches and lessons learned, below:
- Alaska: Using American Rescue Plan Funds to Think Creatively About Supporting Babies and Families
- Arizona: Improving Child Care for Babies Using American Rescue Plan Funds
- Colorado: Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funds for Babies
- Georgia: Using American Rescue Plan Funds to Advance the System of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
- Minnesota Public-Private Partnership Embraces Family, Friend and Neighbor Care
- Tennessee: Using American Rescue Plan Funds to Expand Access to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
- Washington: Using American Rescue Plan Resources to Address Needs of Families with Infants and Toddlers
- Wisconsin: Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Families