Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

Data Collection Instruments for Evaluating Family Involvement

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.

Confronting the Quiet Crisis: How Chief State School Officers Are Advancing Quality Early Childhood

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.

Early Childhood Systems Working Group Homepage

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.

Early Childhood Systems Building from a Community Perspective

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.

Early Childhood Data

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.

We Influence Change”: Applying PDSA to Increase the Reach of WIC within the Maricopa County Department of Public Health

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.

Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation

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.

The First Seven Years: The BUILD Initiative and Early Childhood Systems Development, 2002 to 2009

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.

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