Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

Kids Matter: Improving Outcomes for Children in Washington State

This publication outlines a collaborative and comprehensive strategic framework for building the early childhood system in Washington State in order to improve outcomes for children (Kids Matter). This plan offers a framework that supports the efforts of local and state stakeholders to coordinate, collaborate, and integrate efforts that will lead to children being healthy and ready for school.

The Next Step in Systems-Building: Early Childhood Advisory Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood

This report describes States’ progress in establishing and implementing Early Childhood Advisory Councils. It is based on interviews with representatives involved in Early Childhood Advisory Council development in all 50 States. The report also offers recommendations for how to ensure that the councils make a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families.

Local Systems Development

This brief highlights the efforts of 10 States that are developing local systems to build early childhood comprehensive systems and to improve outcomes for children and families. It illustrates various approaches for state-to-local support for developing early childhood systems.

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.

Measuring Implementation of Early Childhood Interventions at Multiple System Levels

This brief discusses the importance of assessing implementation at different levels of the early childhood system. It proposes tools for assessing implementation and outlines considerations for measuring implementation across systems levels. This brief provides two examples of early childhood interventions to illustrate the system levels at which implementation occurs.

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.

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