States and communities use many strategies to support early childhood education, health, and development. Unfortunately, these efforts are often disconnected — supported by multiple agencies and siloed funding sources — making it challenging to track resources and determine how funds are invested for a particular population. Multiple and often complex funding streams make it difficult for stakeholders to efficiently leverage financial resources. And, it is equally challenging for families trying to navigate the system and use the services.
One way to tackle the challenges associated with multiple funding streams for early childhood services is to develop a fiscal mapping process. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has developed this how-to guide and data collection tool to provide a framework and steps to complete this process.
In addition, a brief is available that looks at the experience of two communities that used the mapping process.