An Integrated Stage-Based Framework for Implementation of Early Childhood Programs and Systems

This research brief (OPRE 2015-48) is the first in a series which seeks to provide early childhood researchers, program developers, and funders with an introduction to implementation frameworks and promising practices in implementation science with the aim of facilitating their use in early care and education. This brief introduces key elements of effective implementation within an integrated, stage-based framework. This framework posits that 1) implementation happens in four discernible stages; and 2) three common “threads” or core elements exist across each of these stages. What are the four stages that can contribute to the effective implementation of evidence-based early childhood programs and practices? Explore the stage-based implementation framework in this brief to learn more about the four separate stages and the three core elements that exist across each of these stages.