Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy alignment

Workforce Designs

This report synthesizes information on State policies that connect professional development activities and support effective implementation of a state system of professional development in early care and education. It was designed for state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system. The report highlights principles and six policy areas that build or sustain an integrated system of professional development.

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.

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.

ECSWG Revised Systems Graphic

The purpose of this presentation is to share information about recent revisions to the Early Childhood Systems Working Group graphics and tools, originally developed in 2006. The revised materials include the “ovals” framework, a set of values and principles, and elements and functions of a comprehensive early childhood system.

Building Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems

This document contains a compendium of resources for use at a May 2007 Early Childhood Systems Building Preconference. The event, sponsored by the BUILD Initiative and the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center, brought state and community leaders together with national experts to discuss strategies for building a comprehensive early childhood system that enables all children to start school healthy and prepared for success.

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.

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