Using linked data to improve early care and education programs

Early care and education (ECE) program leaders can better understand and serve the children and families in their program when they combine their own data with data from other organizations. This can be tough for programs to do, though, and many programs lack resources or knowledge that would support this aspect of their continuous improvement.

Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions

A new survey development brief from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium), in partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), documents the adaptation and refinement of the UChicago Consortium’s K-12 Five Essentials survey for use in publicly-funded early education programs, including federally-funded Head Start, state-, and locally-funded programs that provide center-based services (not home-based services) to three- and four-year-old children.  The brief, titled Essentia

Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8

Parents are among the most important people in the lives of young children. From birth, children rely on mothers and fathers and other caregivers in the parenting role to care for them and to chart a course that promotes their overall well-being. While parents generally are filled with anticipation about their children’s unfolding personalities, many lack information and tools to support them in their parenting role and promote their children's healthy development. 

Best Practices in Creating and Adapting QRIS Rating Scales

Three principles of scale development — Dimensionality, Item Selection, & Item Scoring are especially relevant for Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) rating scales. This brief describes how using these principles can help in the development and refinement of QRIS rating scales. Attention to these principles will enhance the ability of QRIS ratings to achieve the goal of predicting observed quality scores and child outcomes.

The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States

Although there’s considerable research on the elements of high-quality preschool and its many benefits, particularly for low-income children and English learners, there’s little information available to policymakers about how to convert their visions of good early education into on-the-ground reality. This report and brief fill that gap by describing and analyzing how four states—Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina—have built high-quality early education systems.

Revised and Expanded Early Childhood Systems Building Guide

The State Capacity Building Center has published a new, expanded version of the Early Childhood Systems Building Guide. This online tool is designed to support state leaders and their partners in their pursuit of systems building initiatives. The updated version includes new chapters on program implementation, program evaluation and financing, along with state highlights, and a searchable resource database.