Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report, A

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report, A

As Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) continue to launch and mature across states, questions emerge from stakeholders about how to design and implement effective quality improvement (QI) initiatives that accompany a QRIS. Funders, policymakers and program developers with limited resources are looking to invest in activities that will be most successful in supporting early care and education (ECE) program quality improvement and ultimately improving outcomes for young children. The purpose of this report is to address questions about effective QI initiatives by proposing a blueprint of quality improvement practices and design considerations generated from a synthesis of the existing research literature and input from national experts in ECE quality improvement.

March 2015

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

The State We're In: A Report Card on Public Education in Illinois 2012

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

The State We're In: A Report Card on Public Education in Illinois 2012

This report assesses Illinois' academic performance from early childhood through postsecondary, providing a snapshot of how Illinois compares to other states and nations as we collectively work to provide all students a world-class education. The analysis is divided into three parts.

The first section examines how Illinois public schools serve 2 million students by spotlighting performance on key academic milestones such as 4th-grade reading, 8th-grade math, college readiness in core subjects and postsecondary graduation.

The second section examines the interlocking set of reforms that state education leaders, legislators and advocates have crafted to lay the foundation for future academic growth since the State We're In: 2010. The report also illustrates how the various initiatives fit together to lay a strong academic foundation for Illinois going forward.

The third section contains 55 data measures that examine Illinois' standing in early education, K-12 and postsecondary readiness and success.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois

Price of Quality: Estimating the cost of a higher quality earlychildhood care and education system for Southeast Wisconsin, The

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy, Parenting and Families

Price of Quality: Estimating the cost of a higher quality earlychildhood care and education system for Southeast Wisconsin, The

Throughout the United States, investments in high-quality early childhood education are seen by community leaders as a strategy for improving outcomes in areas such as K-12 education, workforce development, and economic development. Indeed, many research studies conclude that high quality early learning environments produce social, educational, and economic benefits for children and the communities in which they live. As a result, many state and local governments around the country are seeking to capture these benefits by investing in quality improvement efforts. Wisconsin is no different; the 2009-2010 state biennial budget calls for the Department of Children and Families to create a strategy for improving the quality of publicly-subsidized child care. While policymakers increasingly are looking to maximize the benefits of high-quality early childhood education, budget realities often dictate that they do so while minimizing the expenditure of public funds. Thus, this report seeks to inform these decisions in Wisconsin by estimating the costs of achieving improved quality in child care and early learning programs in southeast Wisconsin and analyzing policy options associated with quality improvement initiatives.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin (Southeastern)

Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third Grade Reading

Education and Literacy

Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third Grade Reading

Updated research in this report underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially those living in poverty or in impoverished communities. A follow up to 2010's "Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters," this report supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to racial disparities in literacy skills in America and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual's future earning potential.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

When Business Gets Involved: A case study of business community involvement in Illinois' early childhood education policy

Education and Literacy

When Business Gets Involved: A case study of business community involvement in Illinois' early childhood education policy

As the first state to offer universal preschool to three?year?olds, Illinois' experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers valuable lessons about how such change takes shape. The confluence of factors includes well?organized advocacy groups, the endurance to continue efforts over decades, a supportive governor, and an engaged business community. The description below details Illinois' ECE activities from 1992 to the present, with a particular focus on the business role in ECE policy. Chicago Metropolis 2020 was the main business group involved in ECE efforts, but, significantly, advocates and politicians also continuously cast the issues in language that would motivate economic and business interests.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois

Education Report: Education for the Future in Northeast Illinois

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy;Race and Ethnicity

Education Report: Education for the Future in Northeast Illinois

This report represents a summary of the work of three expert advisory groups that worked from August 2008 through May 2009 to identify and prioritize educational needs in the region, recommend strategies for improvement, and review key indicators that might be used to track the region's progress over time. Their work was commissioned by The Chicago Community Trust to support the 2040 comprehensive regional planning effort led by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

The expert advisory committees represent three levels of education: Birth to Age 5 (0-5), Kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12), and Higher Education. Each committee was convened by one or more lead agencies.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois (Northeastern)

Paving the Pathways to Quality: Washington's Early Learning Professional Development Landscape - Executive Summary

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Paving the Pathways to Quality: Washington's Early Learning Professional Development Landscape - Executive Summary

Stakeholders from across the early care and education spectrum joined together to investigate what it will take to achieve a strong professional development system for early learning providers that will result in quality care and long-term outcomes for children. This collaborative process revealed a need for foundational work upon which to base a comprehensive, state-wide system of professional development for Washington's early childhood education workforce.

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