Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy alignment

The First Seven Years: The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009

This resource provides a brief history of the BUILD initiative and reports on progress made during its first seven years working with States to build early learning systems. It reports on State progress related to key early childhood systems building indicators and highlights major State accomplishments.

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

This strategy brief provides information and considerations for Child Care and Development Fund administrators and other policymakers working to improve access to high-quality care that meets the needs of school-age children. It provides a framework that illustrates ways the Child Care and Development Fund and other resources can be used to build a strongly aligned system of quality improvement for children from birth through age 12 and older. The brief also details the results of interviews with State child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Systems of Care

This Web page provides information about the systems-of-care approach. Many children and youth in the child welfare system and those at risk of abuse and neglect have a variety of physical, mental, social, emotional, educational, and developmental needs. Systems of care is a service delivery approach that builds partnerships to create a broad, integrated process for meeting children’s families' varied needs.

All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten

This report studies the emergence of the mixed-delivery model in which prekindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It focuses on policies associated with implementing prekindergarten programs in community-based child care settings, as opposed to Head Start programs, community colleges, and other types of programs. The majority of States implementing prekindergarten programs have opted for some version of mixed delivery.

Streamlining Access to Work Supports: A National Issue for Low-Income Families

This issue brief argues that States can save money, decrease administrative burden, and better serve low-income families if they create integrated eligibility services for support programs that they administer. The authors describe how significant differences in eligibility rules, service delivery, funding structures, and documentation requirements have created an inefficient system that burdens States and can prevent low income families from receiving the services that they need. The brief outlines this issue and offers potential state-level solutions.

State Human Services Organization: Strategies for Improving Results

This chapter, part of a five-part report, provides an overview of new directions for organizing state human services, factors that contribute to existing organizational challenges, and strategies for improvement. It features a section on organizational strategies for tight budget times and factors for legislators to consider when making decisions about programs and agencies.


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