As we continue to adapt to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been slow to return their children to early care and education programs, according to Opportunities Exchange, a national leader in developing business strategies that sustain ECE programs and improve child outcomes. These observations provided the backdrop to a robust discussion of the ways in which automating back-end operations can free up significant time and money during our webinar “The Role of Technology in Reinventing Child Care: Working Smarter with Shared Services.” This webinar, which was part two of our three-part webinar series titled “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education” is filled with practical and actionable ideas for early care and education programs.
Shorter highlights of the session include:
- Now is the time to implement big ideas in child care.
- Collecting better data means you can measure what matters.
- Online application and enrollment removes barriers to access to quality ECE.
- Automating the invoice process significantly improves collection rates.
A PDF of the slides from the webinar is available here.
The first webinar, “The Vision for Reinventing Child Care – Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?” was recorded on June 26 and is available here.
Highlights from the first webinar are available here:
Slides from the first webinar can be downloaded here.
The final webinar in our three-part series “Making the Vision a Reality in Massachusetts – How Do We Get There?” will take place on Friday, July 17 from 1-2:30pm. Click here to register.
This webinar series is the foundation for an “Action Lab” that will begin in late July. We’ve partnered with the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village Networks to run the Action Lab, which will use Vital Village’s 90-Day Challenge model for turning ideas into action.
Past 90-Day Challenges run by Vital Village have resulted in the enrollment of 10,000 immigrant families into preschool through an improved engagement process and passage of legislation providing state-level funding for early childhood with governance by community stakeholders.
We have convened “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education” in partnership with Northern Essex Community College and Volta Learning Group. Presenters in this series are from Opportunities Exchange,. The ideas discussed in all three webinars derived from Opportunity Exchange’s policy brief “Reinvent vs. Rebuild.”