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

How Would Programs Rate Under California's Proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System?: Evidence From Statewide and County Data on Early Care and Education Program Quality

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

How Would Programs Rate Under California's Proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System?: Evidence From Statewide and County Data on Early Care and Education Program Quality

Examines how the state's licensed early childcare and education providers would rate according to the proposed system based on ratio and group size, teaching and learning, family involvement, staff education and training, and program leadership.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Western)-California

Into the Fray: How a Funders Coalition Restored Momentum for Early Learning in Minnesota

Education and Literacy, Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Into the Fray: How a Funders Coalition Restored Momentum for Early Learning in Minnesota

This case study tells the story of Minnesota philanthropic funders who built the case and mobilized constituencies for high-impact early learning investments in the state, guiding Minnesota toward federal grant awards totaling nearly $90 million for early learning.

Minnesota's experience offers important lessons regionally and nationally for those seeking to advance the cause of early childhood education in their communities and states.

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

State of Preschool 2008, The

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

State of Preschool 2008, The

Provides data on state-funded pre-K programs for the 2007-08 school year and highlights progress in expanding enrollment and raising quality standards. Includes state rankings by percentage of children enrolled, funding per child, and benchmarks met.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Early Childhood Education: Frozen Funding Leads to Cracks in Foundation

Education and Literacy

Early Childhood Education: Frozen Funding Leads to Cracks in Foundation

Early childhood education is the cornerstone of our educational system. With benefits that include higher academic achievement, higher earnings as adults, a more productive civic life, high quality early childhood education is a proven-to-work strategy for all children. Yet, New York State's investment in early childhood programs and specifically in the Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program has decreased over the years.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York

Markers that Matter: Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Markers that Matter: Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education

This new report developed by FSG with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, distills a set of 48 early childhood indicators that reflect healthy development of young children. The report also highlights 10 emerging themes, areas that are not sufficiently addressed by existing indicators and where further inquiry is needed.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

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