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This report offers recommendations to build a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.
Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions.
This report provides the most current data on the need, types, availability, and cost of infant/pre-school care and school-age care by state. The data are useful for many purposes, including grant writing, policy making, and identifying areas that need attention in building effective systems.
This blueprint identifies promising quality improvement practices emerging from empirical research and from national experts. It can be used as a worksheet by Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) developers to develop goals, leadership, technical assistance systems and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach. It is equally helpful for school-age system developers.
This report explores existing research on the characteristics of quality that improve child outcomes and what has been learned about QRIS from evaluation studies of QRIS in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
This guide describes how cities and intermediaries can work with afterschool providers across a neighborhood, city, or region to build quality. It explores how to identify a lead organization, engage stakeholders, use a continuous improvement model, and manage data systems. It includes case studies from Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.
This report focuses on the four components of system building that the most current evidence and experience suggest are essential: strong leadership, coordination, effective use of data, and a comprehensive approach to quality.
This report is a summary from a national afterschool conference. It provides details from mayors, program providers, system leaders, and researchers on a range of system building issues including quality improvement and measurement of afterschool performance.
This report summarizes a survey of the coordination work in large US cities. It found that the majority are coordinating some aspect of afterschool systems. The survey identifies that less than 1/4 have adopted all three of the key strategies identified by experts: a data system, citywide quality improvement standards, and a coordinating entity.