Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

Human Services Systems Integration: A Conceptual Framework

This paper examines similarities in service integration efforts and uses this information to develop a set of organizing principles and constructs for planning a service integration initiative. First, it elaborates on two key dimensions—relationship intensity and institutional similarity—critical for understanding any particular integration effort. Second, it proposes a strategy for framing integration efforts based on these two dimensions. Third, it considers the implications of this framework for developing an integration agenda.

Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single-Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System

This paper argues that current approaches to early childhood research, policy development, and investment are too narrow and only address one aspect of the entire system. It advocates for a broader approach that focuses on systemic reform, universal access, improved quality, accountability, increased respect for the value of children and the families who raise them, and increased public investments in services and leadership. The paper culminates with a concrete proposal for reforming the early childhood system.

The Hexagon Tool – Exploring Context

This tool focuses on six factors related to evidence-based practices: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement. It was designed to help States, districts, and schools systematically evaluate new and existing interventions. This tool can help teams have discussions and make decisions based on information from numerous sources.

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