Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Leading Change

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.

Strategic Intuition

This blog post introduces the concept of strategic intuition, or the ability understand, foresee, and respond quickly to ever-changing circumstances. The author explains how strategic intuition is something that is often developed over time.

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.

Leadership Skills Module

This Web site provides a compilation of resources related to leadership skills. It includes articles and tools on a range of leadership-related topics, such as general leadership, understanding power, leadership styles, emotional intelligence, becoming a leader, young and future leaders, and crisis and contingency planning.

Batter up! Building Your Leadership Bench

This toolkit focuses on building capacity through succession planning and leadership development. It was created to provide community organizations with a guideline for implementing a systematic approach to meet short-term leadership needs while developing long-term strategies to cultivate future leaders. This toolkit outlines major steps, discusses key considerations, and provides tools related to the succession planning process.

Management Skills Module

This Web site provides a compilation of resources related to management. It includes articles and tools to support individuals with recruiting, building and managing a highly effective team; developing and motivating team members; delegating effectively; and managing teams.

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.

StrengthsFinder and Results-Based Leadership

Strengths Finder is a book and self-assessment tool that helps individuals discover, understand, and apply their strengths. It provides users with a strengths profile, and guidance for applying these strengths and working with others. Results-Based Leadership is a related book for individuals in a leadership role. It describes three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others' strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

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.

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