The Harvard Family Research Project developed this report as part of its ongoing effort to help practitioners and researchers collect and use data for continuous improvement. It provides stakeholders with some commonly used and standardized data collection instruments on family involvement, and can help stakeholders learn about and choose rigorous family involvement instruments to assess impact and ensure quality.
Policy and Program Implementation
This report focuses on the role that Chief State School Officers can have in expanding and improving early learning opportunities. The report highlights leadership in five States: Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Rhode Island. It addresses key questions that State leaders might have as they work to develop strong early childhood programs and presents eight key leadership strategies to support this work.
This Web page provides information about the Early Childhood Systems Working Group “ovals” framework. This framework depicts the intersection of critical early childhood system components, encircled by core elements that support a comprehensive early childhood system. The goal of the framework is to help States develop and implement an integrated system of policies, services, and programs that help leaders and stakeholders work more effectively together toward common goals for children.
This brief explains what is required to build a system that helps to keep kids healthy and ready to learn and is easier for parents to understand and navigate. It explores how this kind of systems building work differs from direct services and program delivery. This brief also illustrates the need for systems building at the local level from the perspective of children and families who experience systems directly, as well as through the eyes of the service providers who work within those systems.
This PowerPoint presentation provides a theory of change for early childhood systems building. It highlights five elements of systems building: context, components, connections, infrastructure, and scale.
This Web page provides information about the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It lays out the mission of the bureau and outlines some of its specific achievements.
This compilation of resources was created to support States in the development of statewide, comprehensive early childhood data systems. It highlights federal initiatives related to early childhood data systems and provides resources related to their development, use, and implementation.
This report describes a quality improvement project that attempted to improve the reach of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children program. The department used effective data gathering, analysis, and interpretation with Plan-Do-Study- Act to increase caseloads and decrease the number of negative health outcomes among low-income mothers and their families who had not been receiving benefits.
This guidebook provides a description of the steps needed for successfully planning and implementing a parenting intervention. It provides information for the state, intermediary, and program levels, as well as a glossary of terms, implementation resources, and checklists of implementation milestones by implementation stage.
This resource provides a brief history of the BUILD initiative and reports on progress made during its first seven years working with States to build early learning systems. It reports on State progress related to key early childhood systems building indicators and highlights major State accomplishments.