Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

National Survey of Early Care and Education Summary Briefs

The National Survey of Early Care and Education reached 12,000 families and large numbers of home-based and center-based programs (6,000 home-based providers, 5,600 classroom staff, and 8,200 program directors). The briefs provide practical, useable information to inform state and local planning and implementation.

Access all six briefs here, or go directly to any of the briefs through the following links:

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.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model For Social and Emotional Competence: 2015 Annual Report

This annual report describes Wisconsin’s work to build an infrastructure to support implementation of the Pyramid Model framework. The report includes specifics about use of teams at different levels of implementation; Wisconsin’s framework for training; use of data at the state, regional and local levels; supports provided to direct service providers, and administrative supports and their results.

Home Visitation Program Continuous Quality Improvement Plan

This document was created for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Home Visitation Program. It provides information about continuous quality improvement (CQI) teams, including the purpose of CQI teams, the roles and responsibilities of state and local CQI team members, data collection and data systems, reporting, CQI methodology, communications, CQI process maps, and Plan-Do-Study-Act examples and worksheets.

Putting the Pieces Together: New York Early Learning Program Data Systems

This report presents the results of surveys of New York State and New York City agencies providing services to young children. The surveys, undertaken by the Early Care & Learning Council and the New York State Council on Children and Families, set out to identify the elements of these agencies’ data systems and the accessibility of those elements.

Implementation Drivers: Team Review and Planning

This planning tool focuses on implementation drivers, or the key components of capacity and the functional infrastructure supports that enable a program’s success. It was created for implementation teams in order to guide in‐depth discussions about each driver in preparation for action planning. The tool identifies a few best practices for each driver to guide such discussions. 

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.


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