FACT SHEET: Invest in US: The White House Summit on Early Childhood Education 


Last year, President Obama called upon Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool for every child in America, proposing investments that would support a continuum of early learning opportunity from birth through kindergarten entry.  In January, he challenged more Americans – elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, and the public – to help more children access the early education they need to succeed in school and in life.  Over the course of the past year, significant progress has been made, and bipartisan cooperation has led to a substantial increase in federal investment in early education.Today, the President convenes state and local policymakers, mayors, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and advocates for the White House Summit on Early Education, highlighting collective leadership in support of early education for America’s children.  Leaders will share best practices in building the public-private partnerships that are expanding early education in communities across the country.  Participants will discuss effective strategies and programs that support and bring high-quality early childhood education to scale.

Source: The White House

Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/10/fact-sheet-invest-us-white-house-summit-early-childhood-education

Building a Partnership between Medicaid and Head Start

Join the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services CMS and the Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association MSDA for the Building a Partnership between Medicaid and Head Start webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. It is the eighth installment of the CMS Learning Lab: Improving Oral Health Through Access. Participants will learn about Head Start dental requirements and how Medicaid can help meet childrens needs. Discover the benefits of collaboration through examples from the Pennsylvania Head Start Association.

State Medicaid programs offer insurance to pregnant women, people with disabilities, and seniors. The Childrens Health Insurance Program CHIP also is a state-run health insurance program. It covers children from families who do not qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford private insurance.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Understanding the federal Head Start infrastructure and dental requirements
  • Oral health resources from the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Head Start
  • Step-by-step process used in Pennsylvania to build a partnership between Medicaid and Head Start
  • Elements of Pennsylvania’s collaborative intervention and lessons learned so far


Guest faculty for this webinar include:

Marco Beltran, DrPH,
Head Start program specialist,
Office of Head Start,
Administration for Children and Families

Paul R. Westerberg, DDS, MBA,
chief dental officer,
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare,
Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Amy Requa, MSN, CRNP,
oral health coordinator,
Pennsylvania Head Start Association

Who Should Participate?

This webinar will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start and Early Head Start health managers and staff; Medicaid and CHIP liaisons; and anyone else interesting in building and supporting these partnerships.

How to Watch the Archived Webinar

To watch the archived video, select the link and submit registration information at: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration


The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives


Over the past decade, many states have become part of an important trend toward creating statewide community-based approaches to building comprehensive early childhood systems. The webinar presenters shared the diverse approaches that states have taken and the infrastructure they have created at the state and local level. Participants heard what is working and what is not, lessons learned along the way, and words of advice from leaders of these initiatives.

Additionally, the webinar shared the latest national research that provides a cross-state perspective on the work in states that have taken this approach.

Source: The BUILD Initiative

Available at: http://www.buildinitiative.org/OurWork/LearningCommunity/RecentBUILDEvents.aspx