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.
Policy and Program Implementation
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.
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.
This Web page includes information about what an early childhood comprehensive system is, why it is important, and strategies for building a successful system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This webinar presentation offers reasons social-emotional development is important to school readiness and provides indicators for social-emotional development.
This Web page provides state plans and logic models for Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grantees. The plans introduce all major, active early childhood organizations and agencies in each State or Territory. The logic models outline roles and responsibilities and highlight major activities.