IV. Continuous Quality Improvement
What Does CQI Have to Do with Sustaining Improvements?
This webinar, produced by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) in partnership with BUILD, explores the relationship between continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities and technical assistance efforts.
- Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood and School-age Programs: An Update From The Field (June 2017) by B. Young
- Continuous Quality Improvement Community of Practice
What Does CQI Have to Do with Sustaining Improvements? Continued
In this session, we heard from California about their CQI approach. They have done a great deal of thoughtful work in this area. We will also hear about a most interesting project in Boston investigating the use of a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) to promote the adoption of trauma-informed practices in ECE programs in low-income neighborhoods of Boston. The scientific literature on organizational change and learning reveals numerous barriers to the adoption of new practices. The BSC improvement methodology was designed to overcome many of these barriers and has been implemented widely in the health care field. This study investigated the application of the BSC methodology in the ECE context.
- Shifting a culture of compliance to a culture of CQI - Though it is quite long, we recommend you read p. 17-24 and 68-73 in A Resource Guide for Head Start Programs: Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement from OPRE, the “Indicators of a Culture of Continuous Improvement” and the “Core Competencies of Organizations with a Culture of Continuous Improvement.”
- Leaders' role in creating a culture of CQI - The Ounce’s Lead, Learn, Excel websitehas many resources aimed at the role of ECE program leaders and directors with the goal of catalyzing their ability to be instructional leaders who cultivate a culture of CQI. Their four-page brief "The Five Essentials Supports Framework for Continuous Professional Learning and Improvement" describes 5 related characteristics of leadership.
- The Stage of Change Approach for Quality Improvement in Early Care and Education is a policy brief by Shira M. Peterson and Miranda Cairns. This paper provides an analysis of readiness to change and aligns states of readiness with ways to focus support services.
- Scaling-up Brief is a policy paper from the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center. Readiness for change, stages of implementation and creating readiness for change are addressed in this short paper.
- Meeting The Promise Of Continuous Improvement: Insights from the AdvancED Continuous Improvement System and Observations of Effective Schools Executive Summary | White Paper
- Culture of Continuous Learning Project: A Breakthrough Series Collaborative for Improving Child Care and Head Start Quality
- Culture of Continuous Learning Project: A Literature Review of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative. The Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) is a structured improvement methodology originally developed for use in the health care field. The Culture of Continuous Learning (CCL) Project examines the potential of the BSC to support the organizational capacity of child care and Head Start settings to test and implement program improvements. This literature review examines the evidence base of the BSC and introduces a Theory of Change.