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Opening the Door to Early Learning

Welcome! CHSA is proud to serve the teachers, health specialists, family service staff and all the other dedicated people who support California's most vulnerable children and families. CHSA is a non-profit, member supported association providing quality professional development, convening and advocacy to advance early learning and child development.


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California Statewide Technical Assistance for Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Grants
Partnership for State Level Technical Assistance Resources -- First 5 California, California Department of Education-Early Education and Support Division, CHSA, and the CA Head Start Collaborative Office are assembling resources with support of the Packard Foundation, in order to strengthen applications throughout the state.

Current resources include:

  • An EHS-CCP Technical Assistance Website including critical information and links to application guidance
  • Two statewide webinars, to be held on June 25 and July 8

    Additional resources will be accessible on the TA website by Monday, June 23. Resources will also be continually updated throughout the application period.

CHSA Analysis of the EHS Funding Opportunity Announcement
Recorded at the California Head Start Association's June 10-12, 2014 Leadership Conference

CHSA's recent Policy & Leadership Conference devoted several sessions to analyzing the Funding Opportunity Announcement on Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnership Grants. PowerPoint slides are available for free and an audio recording and transcription of the sessions are available for purchase - $28 total cost.

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Pre-K Movement

Pre-K Movement Gaining Ground
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Against all odds, prekindergarten is gaining ground. President Obama called again in his State of the Union address for Congress to support high-quality preschool for all, noting that 30states are already moving ahead on this front (including New York).

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How Preschool Got Hot
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2013

All of a sudden, early childhood education is really, really popular. Everybody’s favorite. If early childhood education were an actor, it would be Tom Hanks or Meryl Streep.

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