This interesting research paper produced from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum comments on the change in child care from a welfare to work program to a school readiness initiative within states. May state leaders, policy makers and advocates will recognize a parallel story within their states as this Wisconsin piece reflects on the history, unintended consequences and provides conclusions and questions for consideration.
CLASP’s guide aims to help states look beyond the major sources of child care and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing sources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings.
This manual from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides guiding principles and an overview of strategies for providing technical assistance, coaching/mentoring and facilitation for program improvement. This information can be generalized for all quality improvement initiatives. The focus of the manual is on working with the administrator/director as a primary engagement strategy.
This evaluation brief is one in a series of evaluation briefs conducted on behalf of Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW. Within this brief, you will find links to other reports written as part of Kentucky’s process evaluation. This particular evaluation brief is to inform a discussion of alternative rating structures for Kentucky STARS for KIDS Now. The brief provides a theoretical review of possible rating structures.
This report includes chapters on the following topics: 1. Early Childhood Policies From Ecological and Family Impact Perspectives; 2. Minnesota’s Early Childhood Populations; 3. What Is an Early Care and Education System?; 4. Why Should We Have an Early Childhood System and How Might It Look?; and 5. Unanswered Questions.
This compendium was developed to provide a consistent framework with which to review the existing measures of the quality of early care and education settings. It includes information on child outcome measures in the following domains: approaches to learning, general cognitive skills, language, literacy, math, ongoing observations, social-emotional functioning, and Early Head Start.
This compendium reviews technical information provided by developers regarding the reliability and validity of 8 commonly used child assessments and 10 developmental screening tools and translates this information into user-friendly language.
Many studies have shown that higher-quality early care and education (ECE) predicts positive developmental gains for the children who experience it. However, much ECE in the United States is not of sufficiently high quality to produce these benefits.