Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building

Child Care in State Economies

Child Care in State Economies examines the child care industry’s effect on parents’ participation in the labor force, and provides extensive details regarding the industry’s state economic impact, including: usage rates, the role of public funding, revenues, and business structure. The report was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development, produced by the economic firm, Region Track, Inc., and generously supported by the Alliance for Early Success.

Infants And Toddlers In The Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit For States

Advocates have made progress in getting the message to policymakers about the first three years of life and gaps that can begin in infancy—only to be met by shrugs of doubt that anyone knows “what to do about babies.” We know that an array of proven interventions can help families get their babies off to a good start in life. Yet, piecing together the infant-toddler policy puzzle is not simple.

Sharpening the Focus: State Policy to Promote Effective Teaching that Improves Learning

The BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) worked together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade. A result of this ongoing collaboration is this paper "Sharpening the Focus," which encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance o

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sustainability Planning and Implementation

This resource from Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA) supports early childhood leaders and coalitions as they design and implement plans to sustain progress and achieve goals developed through the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program as Federal funding ends. Although each State is unique, and State approaches will vary, many sustainability themes and processes identified in this document are relevant across all States.

Aligning QRIS and CCR&R Goals to Support a High Quality Early Learning System

As of 2014, nearly every state and territory had established a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) or is planning for one. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) play an important part in the implementation of QRIS in most states. Early childhood leaders in numerous states are rethinking the roles of CCR&R and several asked BUILD to help them better understand how states have restructured the role and funding of CCR&Rs to support QRIS implementation.

Reviewing and Clarifying Goals, Outcomes and Levels of Implementation: Toward the Next Generation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

This brief, based on a keynote speech delivered by Martha Zaslow at BUILD Initiative’s 2013 Annual QRIS National Meeting, reviews and updates our understanding of goals and outcomes of QRIS, in order to work toward the next generation of QRIS. The brief articulates a framework that can support design, revision, validation, and evaluation of QRIS and serves as the introduction to a forthcoming product from the Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) supported by OPRE that will articulate the framework’s components in more detail.

Research Spotlight: Get Started!—Resources on Using Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

Having the right information available at the right time goes a long way toward helping organizations improve their program performance and meet their goals. Continuous improvement denotes a shift from thinking about evaluation as a one-time effort to assess the effectiveness of a completed program to treating evaluation as a continuous learning process that provides programs data to show whether and how they are delivering value to their community over time.