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Needs Assessment Findings

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Families with young children experience inequitable access to high-quality programs and services across the broader early childhood system.

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Families with young children experience a gap between the services that are available and their actual needs, disproportionately affecting vulnerable and underserved populations.

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Families must adopt a “connect the dots” approach to navigate services across sectors; disruptors are frequent and common.

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Early childhood workforce needs at both the leadership and direct service levels include preparation, compensation/financial relief, ongoing training and support, and recruitment and retention.

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Needs exist related to the physical conditions and environments of early childhood facilities across the state.

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Early childhood providers and stakeholders share a desire for collaboration and cooperation, but these efforts are often disconnected and uncoordinated.

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Greater systems alignment is needed to fully realize an efficient and robust early childhood care and education infrastructure.

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Efficient, innovative, and responsive efforts are occurring among early childhood care and education system partners in communities throughout the state.

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