2016

State Consumer Education Web Sites

This issue brief includes a table with links to all state agency, child care resource and referral, and quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) Web sites. The table contains information on whether the sites address the diversity of early education services; include a provider search; explain how to choose quality and QRIS; and provide information on subsidy, licensing, and family support services.

Improving Quality for Child Care Centers in Greater Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Success By 6

The Success By 6® (SB6) initiative is designed to support early care and education centers in improving and sustaining quality in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The SB6 evaluation report examined implementation and outcomes. The findings have implications for SB6 continous quality improvement process and can inform the broader field of ECE quality improvement.

Early Childhood Mental Health Initiatives in Select RTT-ELC States

Information about Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio initiatives related to early childhood mental health consultation. This information will be helpful to other States as they consider initiatives that will support the development of social and emotional competence in infants and young children.  The summary descriptions of the role that State mental health agencies play in providing services and highlights recent successes.

Town Square

Town Square understands that family child care is essential to providing quality care for all children. This resource understands the unique challenges family child care providers face balancing the needs of their homes and small businesses. Town Square  has organized resources so providers can quickly get answers, have resources at their fingertips, and stay connected to colleagues and other professionals.

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Lead Learn Excel

The Lead Learn Excel Library was created for instructional leaders of early education schools and centers who aspire for instructional excellence and kindergarten readiness for all children. The tools in this library focus on the skills and systems leaders can build to fuel everyday teacher learning and continuous improvement. Lead Learn Excel emphasizes three core ideas:

Learn & Grow: Alaska’s Commitment to Quality Early Care & Learning

Learn & Grow is a recognition system that advances the quality of early care and learning to foster the success of young children. Learn & Grow provides a framework for all early care and learning programs to follow as they participate in continuous quality improvement activities. Learn & Grow resources and supports include:

  • coaching and technical assistance
  • funding for professional development
  • quality improvement grants.

Starting in July, 2016 Phase I of Learn & Grow will be available for all licensed centers and homes in Alaska.

Quality Counts Website

Quality Counts is a voluntary improvement system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards. We offer supports and incentives to help providers reach their goals and improve the quality of early care and education programs in Miami-Dade County.

Texas Rising Star Website

The Texas Rising Star (TRS) Website is a comprehensive source for providers and parents regarding the TRS Program.  The web site includes an overview of the TRS Program, consumer education information for parents regarding quality child care, the full TRS Guidelines as well as facility and classroom assessment tools.