This report explores the concept of cultural competence in early childhood policy and service delivery. It was designed to support State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grantees to work toward enhanced levels of cultural competence. The report defines cultural competence and discusses the relevance of culture to early childhood systems and policies. It concludes with opportunities for improvement.
In this report, The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council provides recommendations to improve the quality of professional practice and the practice environment for care and education professionals who work with children from birth through age 8. It includes recommendations at the local, state and national level geared toward improving higher education and ongoing professional learning; strengthening qualification requirements based on knowledge and competencies; and promoting evaluation that leads to continuous improvements in professional practices.
This PowerPoint reports on the capacity of the Massachusetts early education and care system to enhance the quality of programs. It outlines the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education’s five-part strategic framework and describes progress to date.
This Web page includes a list of principles that are important to a successful system of child care. Among these principles are interagency collaboration, individualized strengths-based care, cultural competence, family and youth involvement, community-based services, and accountability.
This brief puts forward an approach to child welfare practice that responds to the urgent needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children in the system, enhances their well-being by attending more effectively to their developmental needs, and includes their families and caregivers as valued and necessary allies in supporting healthy development.
This final report on State Advisory Councils grants highlights general themes across the States and presents each State’s accomplishments in meeting the grant requirements. It also suggests implications for future Council work.
This report on the State Advisory Council progress covers the period from the award of grants through February 2013. It contains four sections: background, update on required grant activities, advancing early childhood systems beyond grant requirements, and state and territory profiles.
This strategy brief describes approaches and considerations for using the Child Care and Development Fund to support quality improvement in school- age programs. It is intended to provide information for Child Care and Development Fund administrators looking to improve access to high-quality school-age care that reflects the unique needs of school-age children. The brief is based on a review of the literature and interviews with state child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.
This Web page provides information about the Early Childhood Systems Working Group “ovals” framework. This framework depicts the intersection of critical early childhood system components, encircled by core elements that support a comprehensive early childhood system. The goal of the framework is to help States develop and implement an integrated system of policies, services, and programs that help leaders and stakeholders work more effectively together toward common goals for children.
This brief explains what is required to build a system that helps to keep kids healthy and ready to learn and is easier for parents to understand and navigate. It explores how this kind of systems building work differs from direct services and program delivery. This brief also illustrates the need for systems building at the local level from the perspective of children and families who experience systems directly, as well as through the eyes of the service providers who work within those systems.