Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy alignment

The Role of State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems in Promoting Cultural Competence and Effective Cross-Cultural Communication

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.

Transforming the Workforce for Children ages B-8: A Unifying Foundation

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.

The Capacity of the Early Care and Education System: Response to Section 85 of Chapter 215 of the Acts of 2009

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.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-age Programs

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.

Early Childhood Systems Working Group Homepage

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.

Early Childhood Systems Building from a Community Perspective

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.

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