Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

Integrated Human Service Models: Assessing Implementation Fidelity through the "Line of Sight” Perspective

This paper considers the importance of formative research (or how well a model is put into practice) to the pursuit of systems integration. Of particular concern is implementation fidelity, or the faithfulness with which a concept is executed. It addresses two fundamental challenges: 1) getting all stakeholders to have the same understanding with respect to what a given reform model is all about and how it is supposed to function, and 2) applying simple formative research techniques toward improving the quality (fidelity) with which reforms are introduced and sustained.

Increasing State and Local Capacity for Cross-Systems Innovation: Assessing Flexibility and Opportunities under Current Law

This paper aims to improve understanding of the flexibility, opportunities, and barriers that exist under current federal law with respect to cross-program integration within human services programs and across the welfare and workforce systems. It analyzes three models for service integration and presents recommendations for the Federal executive and legislative branches of government.

ECSWG Revised Systems Graphic

The purpose of this presentation is to share information about recent revisions to the Early Childhood Systems Working Group graphics and tools, originally developed in 2006. The revised materials include the “ovals” framework, a set of values and principles, and elements and functions of a comprehensive early childhood system.

Building Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems

This document contains a compendium of resources for use at a May 2007 Early Childhood Systems Building Preconference. The event, sponsored by the BUILD Initiative and the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center, brought state and community leaders together with national experts to discuss strategies for building a comprehensive early childhood system that enables all children to start school healthy and prepared for success.


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