Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Change Management

Increasing State and Local Capacity for Cross-Systems Innovation: Assessing Flexibility and Opportunities under Current Law

This paper aims to improve understanding of the flexibility, opportunities, and barriers that exist under current federal law with respect to cross-program integration within human services programs and across the welfare and workforce systems. It analyzes three models for service integration and presents recommendations for the Federal executive and legislative branches of government.

Human Services Systems Integration: A Conceptual Framework

This paper examines similarities in service integration efforts and uses this information to develop a set of organizing principles and constructs for planning a service integration initiative. First, it elaborates on two key dimensions—relationship intensity and institutional similarity—critical for understanding any particular integration effort. Second, it proposes a strategy for framing integration efforts based on these two dimensions. Third, it considers the implications of this framework for developing an integration agenda.

Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single-Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System

This paper argues that current approaches to early childhood research, policy development, and investment are too narrow and only address one aspect of the entire system. It advocates for a broader approach that focuses on systemic reform, universal access, improved quality, accountability, increased respect for the value of children and the families who raise them, and increased public investments in services and leadership. The paper culminates with a concrete proposal for reforming the early childhood system.

Pathway to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade

This report presents the Pathway to Third Grade School Success framework, which aims to guide choices made by community coalitions, service providers, researchers, funders, and policymakers to achieve desired outcomes for children and their families. The Pathway framework assembles a wealth of findings from research, practice, theory, and policy about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those living in tough neighborhoods.

Supporting Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Inclusive Settings

This tool provides information to support training on sustainability. It includes a script and training materials. Through the training, participants will learn about the principles of sustainability and generate specific strategies that individuals, teams, programs, and communities can implement to assure continuation of newly implemented practices.

Field-Wide Leadership: Insights from Five Fields of Practice

This report seeks to inform questions about why the early childhood education field has not developed capacity to systematically engage in field-wide work to lead on its own behalf. It examines whether field-wide leadership is exercised in other fields and how other fields address issues having significance and consequence for their fields of practice overall. It describes field-wide leadership in five fields of practice: financial planning, nursing, opportunity finance, quality management, and social work.

Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care: Overview of the National Cross-Site Evaluation

This report shares the findings of a five-year cross-site evaluation of the implementation of the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care demonstration initiative. This initiative focused on infrastructure development to strengthen human service agencies’ capacity to support families involved in public child welfare. The report provides findings and lessons learned on infrastructure development and capacity-building processes, systems and organizational change, and child welfare outcomes.

The First Seven Years: The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009

This resource provides a brief history of the BUILD initiative and reports on progress made during its first seven years working with States to build early learning systems. It reports on State progress related to key early childhood systems building indicators and highlights major State accomplishments.

State Human Services Organization: Strategies for Improving Results

This chapter, part of a five-part report, provides an overview of new directions for organizing state human services, factors that contribute to existing organizational challenges, and strategies for improvement. It features a section on organizational strategies for tight budget times and factors for legislators to consider when making decisions about programs and agencies.

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