Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Engaging with Stakeholders

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children. 

Integrating Systems of Care: Improving Quality of Care for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families 

This document highlights the importance of engaging communities, youth, and families as the prime movers in creating an integrated human services system. It also uses a series of case scenarios to illustrate the many positive effects that a coordinated and collaborative approach can have on children and their families. The document underscores the importance of advocating for change through many examples of successful systems integration efforts at state and local levels, and it summarizes recommended advocacy and social marketing methods.

Leadership in Systems of Care: Creating and Communicating a Shared Vision

This brief describes what a shared vision is and why it is important, the critical role of leadership in promoting a shared vision, essential characteristics of successful leaders, and key steps in developing and communicating a shared vision. The brief, which draws on the Systems of Care leadership study and experiences of the Children’s Bureau Systems of Care grant communities, also includes resources for more information about creating and communicating a shared vision.

Integrated Human Service Models: Assessing Implementation Fidelity through the "Line of Sight” Perspective

This paper considers the importance of formative research (or how well a model is put into practice) to the pursuit of systems integration. Of particular concern is implementation fidelity, or the faithfulness with which a concept is executed. It addresses two fundamental challenges: 1) getting all stakeholders to have the same understanding with respect to what a given reform model is all about and how it is supposed to function, and 2) applying simple formative research techniques toward improving the quality (fidelity) with which reforms are introduced and sustained.

What Your Strategic Plan and Website Should Have In Common – Each Other!

This blog post suggests that organizations should integrate their strategic goals into the design of their Web site. During the implementation phase of strategic planning, a Web site can be used to communicate strategic goals, mission, vision, and accomplishments. The article provides examples of how strategic planning and Web site design can work together to support the accomplishment of goals.

Education Data Technical Assistance Program's Statewide Longitudinal Data System Sustainability Toolkit

This brief summarizes best practices and provides resources related to sustaining statewide longitudinal data systems. It is based on a four-part framework for sustainability: stakeholder support, ensuring widespread use, financial support, and return on investment. Companion resources include a sustainability planning tool and a sustainability self-assessment.

The Partner Tool

The Partner Tool is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people and organizations. It is designed for use by collaboratives and coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected and how resources are leveraged and exchanged. It can also be used to link outcomes to the process of collaboration.

Talking Early Child Development and Exploring the Consequences of Frame Choices

This memo reports on research findings regarding how the public views early childhood issues and school readiness policies. It describes the implications of current public opinion and explores whether the frames currently in use by advocates, legislators, policy experts, and scientists are the most successful in building support and momentum for early childhood programs and policies.

Gaining Buy-In From the Front Line During Times of Change

This brief examines the critical role of frontline staff in implementing change and outlines key steps and strategies for engaging them during times of change. Though this brief discusses strategies in the context of systems of care, the lessons and tips have broader application to other child welfare agency reform efforts that reflect new ways of working with children and families.

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