Ounce of Prevention Fund Seeks to Coordinate Funding for Young Children

To ensure that young children obtain high-quality early learning programs, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has published a new booklet, Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit. (http://www.ounceofprevention.org/national-policy/Blended-Funding-Toolkit-Nov2013.pdf) Published last month, the toolkit is designed to give state advocates and policymakers strategies, resources, and options to facilitate the coordination of multiple funding streams (such as Head Start, AzEIP, and Pre-K programs) to improve the access to high-quality early learning programs for young children from low-income families. Blending and braiding are the terms the Ounce of Prevention Fund uses to describe how funds are either wrapped together or coordinated to provide these services.