Session 2: Engaging Directors/Practitioners in a CQI Approach

Participants will:

  • Explore tools, professional development systems (including TA) or other mechanisms used to assist providers in developing a CQI culture at the program level and how to use research and sources of evidence to write and execute a CQI plan. Strategies will also be explored to make CQI an ongoing practice in the program.
  • Explore how to help directors interpret and use research and data for CQI at the program level. 
  • Explore the ‘Director as Leader’ philosophy – and supporting leadership opportunities for directors to increase their understanding of a CQI approach.
  • Consider strategies and supports that directors can use to engage and obtain buy in from staff/families/boards to be partners in creating excellent programs.
  • Identify and share techniques to help directors support staff.
  • Explore different approaches of CQI from different sectors (adapting to QRIS) including Pre-K, Head Start, child care and early intervention.
*****Wednesday, April 30th from 2 pm to 4 pm EDT on-line*****
Presenter Biographies: 

Teri N. Talan, Ed.D., J.D. is Director of Policy Initiatives for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University in Wheeling, Illinois. She promotes action by state and national policymakers on early childhood workforce and program administration issues. She holds a law degree from Northwestern University as well as an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy from National Louis University. Dr. Talan's research interests are in the areas of early childhood leadership, workforce development, systems integration, and program quality evaluation. She is co-author of the Program Administration Scale (PAS), Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), and the reports, Who's Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois and Taking Charge of Change: A 20-Year Review of Empowering Early Childhood Administrators through Leadership Training.

Pre-Session Assignments: 

CQI Virtual Guide (for Directors)

Early Learning programs in Pennsylvania are supported and encouraged to engage in a continuous cycle of quality improvement focused on improved outcomes for children and families. Along with technical assistance and professional development, Pennsylvania provides many supports and resources for programs that are linked together under the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework. After reviewing sources of evidence and working as a team on the annual CQI plan, programs are encouraged to strategically select participation in initiatives based on the goals and objectives of the program improvement plan. The project descriptions on the site are provided to assist programs in understanding and selecting from the array of options.

Resource Materials: 

Early Childhood Leadership Development Compendium: A View of the Current Landscape, 2nd Edition by Stacie G. Goffin and Morgan Janke (Goffin Strategy Group, May 2013)

A Great Place to Work  
by Paula Jorde Bloom, Ann Hentschel, and Jill Bella (1997)

Early childhood program administrators often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their center, but they lack specific feedback on just what the different areas of the organization contribute to those impressions. This updated and expanded edition helps directors define more precisely how ten dimensions of a center shape the quality of work life for staff. It will help you look at your program in terms of collegiality, opportunities for professional growth, supervisor support, clarity, reward system, decision-making, goal consensus, task orientation, physical setting, and innovation. Written in an engaging and lively style, the ideas in this book will help you sharpen your leadership skills and make your center “A Great Place to Work”.

Blueprint for Action: Achieving Center-Based Change Through Staff Development
2nd Edition, Paula Jorde Bloom (2005)

Learn to assess your program for its strengths, weaknesses, and organizational structure. Then draw up a "blueprint for action" to make improvements.

Newly revised, Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding early childhood centers as organizations as well as the dynamics of change within such organizations. Helping directors move beyond a "quick fix" notion of center improvement, this groundbreaking book details a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement, including an individualized model of staff development. Woven throughout the text are numerous vignettes connecting the concepts presented to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators. This revised edition includes a CD-ROM containing adaptable worksheets and assessment tools designed to help directors:

• identify problems and take action
• create a staff development action plan
• establish individual and organizational goals
• outline assessment for individual staff members and the organization

Leading a Program Through Change

Interview with a successful child care director, Peter Blair, about his approach to continuous quality improvement, by Margie Carter.

The Visionary Director, 2nd Edition: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center 
by Deb Curtis & Margie Carter

Be inspired to create a larger vision in early learning with this practical, popular professional development tool. Thoroughly revised, the second edition of The Visionary Director offers a concrete framework for organizing your ideas and work. Reflecting new requirements and initiatives for center directors, this handbook also addresses topics such as:

• Cultivating a vision
• Developing “systems thinking” for management roles
• Implementing principles and strategies for mentoring
• Building a learning community for adults and children
• Bringing your visions to life to perform you job with motivation and creativity

Program Administration Scale: Measuring Early Childhood Leadership And Management
by Teri Talan and Paula Jorde Bloom

The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is a valid and reliable instrument designed to measure the leadership and management practices of early childhood programs. The PAS provides valuable information to directors about the quality of their administrative practices and can be used as a springboard for program improvement efforts.

Publication Date: November 1, 2004 | ISBN-10: 0807745286 | ISBN-13: 978-0807745281 | Edition: 1

Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES) from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Taking Charge of Change from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

2014 National Smart Start Conference - Creating a CQI Culture within Programs - Presentation by Debi Mathias.pdf

Quality First Arizona Participant Implementation Guide (Fiscal Year 2015).pdf