The concept of blending and braiding funding streams has been a topic of conversation in the early education world for many years as a key part of building a more continuous, less fragmented system of education for young children. It came up again, more recently, at our “Before Birth & Up Through Third Grade Policy Forum” and continues to be a popular topic on our Early Ed Forum.
Blending refers to the pooling of various local, state, federal and sometimes philanthropic funding streams into a single, more flexible pot of money. Braiding means taking separate funding streams, bringing them together to serve more children than a single fund could do alone and then pulling the streams apart once again when reporting to funders.
In this podcast, we talk with Pamela Harris, president & CEO of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers in Denver, CO. She provides several reasons why blending and braiding funding streams is beneficial for families as well as for early education providers. “It sometimes takes three or four different funding sources to fully fund one child,” she says. Harris discusses how Mile High’s centralized enrollment and eligibility process for all of the different funding sources eases the burden for families and how blending and braiding funding streams enables the centers to provide high-quality early learning programs for families who might not otherwise have access to such programs.
Podcast: Blending and Braiding Funding Streams to Serve More Children
With our guest Pamela Harris, president & CEO of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers
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