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Investing in the Future: Our Children Polly Fassinger, Program DirectorNorth Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 2 The brain is an environmental organ: its health and development are strongly shaped by the stimulation and interaction children receive, particularly during ages 0-5, a critical period of growth and learning. J. Clinton, 2007 North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 3 Quality child care is about child development Quality child care builds developing brains North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 4 Most children have working parents North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Access to child care is often limited North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 8 Hours of operation are limited North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 9 Slide 10 Spaces in child care facilities are often well below the number of children possibly needing care North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 11 Slide 12 Child care is costly North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 13 Slide 14 Child care adds to the states economic success North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 15 2002 data North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 16 Child care workers wages are relatively low North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 17 Slide 18 One of the ramifications of workers low income is high job turnover North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 19 Slide 20 How can the state create better futures for all of our children? North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 21 10 million in aid to preschool 3.5 million to build or expand child-care centers 1.5 million for mandatory background checks for providers North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 22 Increase access to child care Number of facilities, hours of operation Increase profitability of child care Child-care workers wages Reimbursement to providers Reduce costs of child care Families expenses North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 23 Increase quality of child care Skilled and educated caregivers Safe, licensed facilities Low staff turnover Support Early Childhood Education Preschool programs Head Start and Early Head Start programs North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 24 Increase Access Governor Hoevens proposal Tax credits to businesses Make child care more profitable Increase Profitability Increase reimbursement rates for providers Provide financial incentives for child-care workers Reduce Child-Care Costs Create state child-care tax credit Develop state Earned Income Tax Credit Increase child-care assistance to low-income families North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 25 Increase Quality of Child Care More incentives for skilled, educated caregivers Create incentives for using new Early Learning Guidelines More incentives for licensing Incentives that reduce worker turnover Support Early Childhood Education Fund Head Start Fund universal preschool in ND North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 26 Speak to candidates, legislators Vote for persons who make children a priority Provide feedback & support during legislative sessions North Dakota KIDS COUNT Slide 27 2008 Issues Guide Available at www.ndkidscount.org Slide 28