This Web page includes a list of principles that are important to a successful system of child care. Among these principles are interagency collaboration, individualized strengths-based care, cultural competence, family and youth involvement, community-based services, and accountability.
Policy and Program Implementation
This brief looks through the lens of State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant projects to identify ways in which they can promote smarter spending for vulnerable young children as States plan for and implement new, more integrated systems. It has a special focus on promoting social and emotional health and well-being, which are critical precursors to both later health and school readiness. This analysis will help state officials, community leaders, and advocates take action to ensure the healthy development of children and their families.
This resource provides an overview of the “Plan Do Study Act” cycle, and also includes a planning worksheet.
This brief puts forward an approach to child welfare practice that responds to the urgent needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children in the system, enhances their well-being by attending more effectively to their developmental needs, and includes their families and caregivers as valued and necessary allies in supporting healthy development.
This Web site is a compilation of resources and publications from ORS Impact, an organization that specializes in outcomes-based performance, strategic planning, and evaluation. Through this Web site, ORS Impact shares resources related to building capacity, theories of change, strategic planning, measurement, and evaluation.
This Web page provides information about the Early Learning Challenge, including an e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The Early Learning Challenge is a major federal funding initiative supporting States in their efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs that support children from birth through age five (particularly those at high risk).
This final report on State Advisory Councils grants highlights general themes across the States and presents each State’s accomplishments in meeting the grant requirements. It also suggests implications for future Council work.
This report on the State Advisory Council progress covers the period from the award of grants through February 2013. It contains four sections: background, update on required grant activities, advancing early childhood systems beyond grant requirements, and state and territory profiles.
This strategy brief describes approaches and considerations for using the Child Care and Development Fund to support quality improvement in school- age programs. It is intended to provide information for Child Care and Development Fund administrators looking to improve access to high-quality school-age care that reflects the unique needs of school-age children. The brief is based on a review of the literature and interviews with state child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.
This paper discusses the implementation of evidence-based practices for children and youth on a statewide basis, including the importance, challenges, and successes across different fields in human services. It provides State examples, key points for States to remember, and a resource list.