In this resource, the authors argue that cross-systems integration requires an understanding of organizational “milieu,” or the underlying norms, values, and behavioral patterns that shape the way the agency functions and makes decisions. This article is the fifth article in series discussing integration of human services systems.
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.
This tool provides guidance related to early childhood systems building. It was designed to support State leaders applying for Race to the Top − Early Learning Challenge funding. The tool outlines six critical functions of a comprehensive early childhood system and describes strategies that States can use to make progress in each function.
The purpose of this tool is to help state and community leaders improve the capacity of their early childhood systems. Comprehensive early childhood systems require work across health, early learning and development, and family support and leadership sectors to achieve goals for thriving children and families. The tool is based on the framework and accompanying graphic developed by the Early Childhood Systems Working Group.
This toolkit provides guidance and resources related to blending and braiding early childhood funding streams. It was designed to support state advocates and policymakers with making policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in high-quality early learning programs.
This set of guides addresses key issues and processes involved in framing an effective system of care infrastructure. Each toolkit discusses related activities, tasks, sustainability, and key partners. They provide examples from the field and perspectives from those who have developed promising practices.
This research-based article provides an understanding of how to get from point A to point B in service integration. The article provides a technical approach for developing a line of sight to achieve the intended result of service integration.
This publication outlines a collaborative and comprehensive strategic framework for building the early childhood system in Washington State in order to improve outcomes for children (Kids Matter). This plan offers a framework that supports the efforts of local and state stakeholders to coordinate, collaborate, and integrate efforts that will lead to children being healthy and ready for school.
This report describes States’ progress in establishing and implementing Early Childhood Advisory Councils. It is based on interviews with representatives involved in Early Childhood Advisory Council development in all 50 States. The report also offers recommendations for how to ensure that the councils make a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families.
This brief highlights the efforts of 10 States that are developing local systems to build early childhood comprehensive systems and to improve outcomes for children and families. It illustrates various approaches for state-to-local support for developing early childhood systems.