Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Policy and Program Implementation

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-Age Programs

This strategy brief provides information and considerations for Child Care and Development Fund administrators and other policymakers working to improve access to high-quality care that meets the needs of school-age children. It provides a framework that illustrates ways the Child Care and Development Fund and other resources can be used to build a strongly aligned system of quality improvement for children from birth through age 12 and older. The brief also details the results of interviews with State child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Systems of Care

This Web page provides information about the systems-of-care approach. Many children and youth in the child welfare system and those at risk of abuse and neglect have a variety of physical, mental, social, emotional, educational, and developmental needs. Systems of care is a service delivery approach that builds partnerships to create a broad, integrated process for meeting children’s families' varied needs.

All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten

This report studies the emergence of the mixed-delivery model in which prekindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It focuses on policies associated with implementing prekindergarten programs in community-based child care settings, as opposed to Head Start programs, community colleges, and other types of programs. The majority of States implementing prekindergarten programs have opted for some version of mixed delivery.

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program

This Web site has information and resources on the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program, which awards competitive, cooperative agreement grants to States to design, develop, implement, and expand longitudinal education data systems. These systems are intended to enhance the ability of States to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data. This Web site includes information on the grant program, as well as many public resources designed to support the development and implementation of statewide longitudinal data systems.

Spending Smarter A Funding Guide for Policymakers and Advocates to Promote Social and Emotional Health and School Readiness

This guide describes effective programs, highlights policy opportunities, and offers fiscal strategies to promote the emotional health of young children and their families. It provides state and local leaders with strategies to maximize existing funding streams, with a focus on maximizing federal funding.

Using Qualitative Data in Program Evaluation: Telling the Story of a Prevention Program

This guide provides an overview of qualitative evaluation and practical guidance on the process. It was designed to support program administrators, managers, direct-service practitioners, and others in understating and using qualitative methods. The guide includes information on collecting, analyzing, reporting and using qualitative evaluation data in order to evaluate programs and make programmatic decisions.

Streamlining Access to Work Supports: A National Issue for Low-Income Families

This issue brief argues that States can save money, decrease administrative burden, and better serve low-income families if they create integrated eligibility services for support programs that they administer. The authors describe how significant differences in eligibility rules, service delivery, funding structures, and documentation requirements have created an inefficient system that burdens States and can prevent low income families from receiving the services that they need. The brief outlines this issue and offers potential state-level solutions.


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