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Read the Summary of Our Report on Act 76 Monitoring


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BBF is expanding our written communications to include plain language versions of reports whenever possible. This will promote accessibility to important information about our work and the early childhood system to as many people as possible. The plain language versions of documents will often be shorter, exclude or explain jargon and acronyms, be more accessible, and be easier to read. 

Our recent Act 76 Monitoring Report is a great example of a report that we have summarized to update the general public on BBF’s efforts in monitoring the impacts of that child care legislation. Please check out excerpts of our Act 76 Monitoring Report summary below, and read the full summary here.

With the help of partners, BBF has developed a plan for monitoring Act 76.

BBF collected information from our partners. The term “partners” includes people who are experts in their field, parents, child care providers, and others. We wanted to know what they felt was most important to understand about Act 76. To collect this information, BBF held 13 meetings with partners. BBF also used a survey to collect information. 

The meetings and survey had three goals:

  1. We wanted to agree on what success looks like when the law works well for children and families.
  2. We wanted to decide what to measure.
  3. We wanted to develop a plan for monitoring the law over the next 10 years.

To reach those goals, we asked these questions:

  1. What would success look like for each part of the law?
  2. What are the top three things we would need to measure in order to understand the effect of Act 76?

We reviewed all the information we received about the two questions through the meetings and survey. Our partners identified nine topics that were important to them. BBF will gather information each year to understand how Act 76 is affecting these topics. The nine topics are: 

  1. Experience of families and providers

  2. Equal access to child care

  3. Early childhood workforce

  4. Quality of child care

  5. Child outcomes

  6. Financial impact

  7. Child care program stability

  8. Cost

  9. Economic impact

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