Policy and Program Implementation

Mapping the Early Care and Education Monitoring Landscape

Mapping the Early Care and Education Monitoring Landscape is a tool from the SCBC and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center). This tool is designed to help state and territory leaders document current early care and education monitoring systems as they evaluate opportunities for alignment and integration.

National Survey of Early Care and Education Summary Briefs

The National Survey of Early Care and Education reached 12,000 families and large numbers of home-based and center-based programs (6,000 home-based providers, 5,600 classroom staff, and 8,200 program directors). The briefs provide practical, useable information to inform state and local planning and implementation.

Access all six briefs here, or go directly to any of the briefs through the following links:

Workforce Designs

This report synthesizes information on State policies that connect professional development activities and support effective implementation of a state system of professional development in early care and education. It was designed for state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system. The report highlights principles and six policy areas that build or sustain an integrated system of professional development.

Wisconsin Pyramid Model For Social and Emotional Competence: 2015 Annual Report

This annual report describes Wisconsin’s work to build an infrastructure to support implementation of the Pyramid Model framework. The report includes specifics about use of teams at different levels of implementation; Wisconsin’s framework for training; use of data at the state, regional and local levels; supports provided to direct service providers, and administrative supports and their results.

Transforming the Workforce for Children ages B-8: A Unifying Foundation

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.

Implementation Drivers: Team Review and Planning

This planning tool focuses on implementation drivers, or the key components of capacity and the functional infrastructure supports that enable a program’s success. It was created for implementation teams in order to guide in‐depth discussions about each driver in preparation for action planning. The tool identifies a few best practices for each driver to guide such discussions. 

Early Learning Challenge

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).

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.

A Guide to the Implementation Process: Stages, Steps, and Activities

This guide outlines a five-step process for implementation: exploration, installation, initial implementation, full implementation, and expansion and scale-up. It concisely outlines specific steps for state leadership, intermediary organizations, and site-level teams for each stage of implementation.

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.