This Microsoft PowerPoint describes the use of technical assistance (TA) to improve the quality of early child care and education programs. The following levels of TA are addressed: (1) individualistic assessment and advice; (2) systematic assessment/individualistic advice; (3) reliable, systematic assessment/consistent advice; and (4) reliable, systematic assessment/consistent, holistic, in-depth advice. An example of a concern, along with a plan of action and follow-up are provided for different levels of TA (e.g., staff never read informally to children).
This document highlights the Partners in Quality for Early Learning initiative, the accreditation project, the quality rating system, scholarship initiatives, and a compensation initiative. Lessons learned about Kansas City's experience in attempting to build a system of quality early learning throughout the metropolitan area are discussed.