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Doing something differently: Lessons learned from a case study using implementation science to guide program change
Mathias, Debi, 12 December, 2016
Boston, MA: Build Initiative

This webinar discusses implementation science and how it can guide quality improvement initiatives and inform technical assistance. Presenters explore the role of implementation teams, data and feedback loops, and infrastructure as core elements that support continuous quality improvement. A case study of Rowan University's Early Childhood Demonstration Center in New Jersey provides an example of how these core elements are incorporated within stages of implementation. Implications for program administrators and technical assistants are discussed.

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Forward thinking: Redesigning QRIS with a focus on leadership
Mathias, Debi, 01 September, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar examines components of administrative and pedagogical leadership and ways in which related standards can be embedded into quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). Topics discussed include assessment, training/technical assistance, and program support for early childhood center directors.

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Why understanding the costs of preschool quality is important: A webinar for Preschool Development Grantee states
Connors-Tadros, Lori, 19 July, 2016
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

This webinar provides a demonstration of the Cost of Preschool Quality (CPQ) tool, an Excel-based model that can be used to calculate data to estimate the cost of providing and expanding high-quality preschool. A representative from Indiana shares how her team has utilized this model to determine costs of expanding access to high-quality preschool in both rural and urban areas of the state.

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State roles in the new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant opportunity
Cobb, Gerry, 30 June, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar explores possibilities for states to support infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant, focusing on the grantee role and non-grantee support. Presenters from Alabama, Georgia, Washington D.C., and Washington State share their models for providing structure to and implementation of this federal initiative.

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Development and implementation of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) in Midwest Region States
Mathias, Debi, 27 June, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar provides a summary of findings from a recently released Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Midwest report, based on the following research questions: (1). How did the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge process influence REL Midwest Region states' implementation of QRISs? (2). How did REL Midwest Region states incorporate direct observations of quality into their QRISs? (3). How did REL Midwest Region states incorporate alternate pathways to ratings within their QRISs? (4). How did REL Midwest Region states financially incentivize providers to participate in their QRISs, including the use of tiered subsidy reimbursement? The study focuses on the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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Quality investments: How to use administrative data and other sources to evaluate what's working [Session 3]
Hamilton, Darlene, 02 June, 2016
Fairfax, VA: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

This webinar examines considerations involved in the interpretation and sharing of quality initiative evaluation findings. Presenters discuss both data analysis strategies and communication strategies for disseminating results to providers, parents, policymakers, and funders. Examples from Indiana and Minnesota demonstrate the process by which evaluation results inform practice and policy.

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Quality investments: How to use administrative data and other sources to evaluate what's working [Session 2]
Hamilton, Darlene, 21 April, 2016
Fairfax, VA: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

This webinar examines data collection options and provides assistance in navigating administrative data by offering a tool to create a map of existing sources. Presenters from South Carolina and Georgia share processes for the identification of data for analysis within quality initiative evaluation.

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The story of Colorado's new QRIS system and integrated data quality improvement approach
Mathias, Debi, 20 April, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar describes upgrades to the information technology behind Colorado's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), contrasting past and present systems. Panelists discuss implementation of an integrated approach to data collection by incorporating a professional development information system, as well as systems that harness provider and ratings data. Also featured are technical back-end components, including the creation of an analytic dashboard and a tracking system for quality investments.

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Quality investments: How to use administrative data and other sources to evaluate what's working [Session 1]
vonBargen, Nancy, 24 March, 2016
Fairfax, VA: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

This webinar provides an introduction to evaluation planning and offers steps in developing a logic model to guide states with quality initiative evaluation. Particular attention is paid to the potential role of administrative data. Presenters share examples of implementation strategies from several diverse states that are using evaluation findings to aid in program planning and policy shaping.

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A multi-level CQI approach: Using QRIS participation data to inform system and program improvements
Mathias, Debi, 27 January, 2016
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

This webinar provides an overview of Oregon's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) and the way in which continuous quality improvement (CQI) is integrated throughout the state's portfolio system. Focus is on feedback data and its role in system assessment and revisions. A QRIS technical assistance model provided by The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University is also presented.

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Insights on readiness: What states are learning from kindergarten entry assessments
deFosset, Shelley, 15 October, 2015
Washington, DC: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program.

This webinar discusses the progress of the Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge states in kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) implementation. National progress is depicted by state implementation stage, state tool usage, and cross-state collaboration. Presenters from Maryland and Washington share insights from their states' efforts to date.

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Bringing the five essential supports framework to early education to better generate continuous quality improvement
Mathias, Debi, 14 October, 2015
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

This webinar examines the original five essential supports framework created by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, along with their conceptual adaptation for early child care and education. These interdependent supports, when adapted, include: effective instructional leadership; collaborative teachers; involved families; supportive environments; and ambitious instruction. Presenters also discuss the development of Five Essentials-Early Ed, a survey tool intended to capture parent and teacher perspectives on the five organizational conditions.

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Planning for the new early learning model: The next School Improvement Grant (SIG) cycle
Martella, Jana, 23 April, 2015
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

This webinar examines the eight components of the new early learning model required to be included in school improvement plans supported by the School Improvement Grant (SIG). Examples of how the state of Indiana is working to support key components are highlighted.

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An overview of: "A resource guide for Head Start programs: Moving beyond a culture of compliance to a culture of continuous improvement"
Derrick-Mills, Teresa, 25 March, 2015
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

This webinar provides an overview of "A resource guide for Head Start programs: Moving beyond a culture of compliance to a culture of continuous improvement". The presentation includes background information on the Head Start Leadership, Excellence, and Data Systems (HS LEADS) study, in addition to a section-by-section overview of the elements in the resource guide.

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Measuring, monitoring, and improving the quality of work life in early childhood programs
Mathias, Debi, 20 January, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar introduces the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES), a tool that assesses ten dimensions of organizational climate in early childhood programs. It highlights the integration of this survey into broader quality initiatives. Presenters discuss ways in which several states (Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota) are using this measure in their quality enhancing projects.

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Colorado -- creating a continuous quality improvement (CQI) culture within programs
Mathias, Debi, 21 November, 2014
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar discusses continuous quality improvement (CQI) philosophy and process, along with the role of technical assistance in supporting programs. It identifies the challenges of creating a CQI culture at a program level and examines essential elements of a CQI plan. Resources for programs in Colorado are shared.

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CCDBG moving forward: What S.1086 means for quality set aside and QRIS
Vucic, Nick, 04 November, 2014
(CCDBG Webinar Series 3). Arlington, VA: Child Care Aware of America.

This webinar discusses the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (S.1086) and what it means for quality set-aside for states. It examines quality indicators, detailing ten allowable activities to improve the quality of child care services. Current status of states' quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are also presented.

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Data management: Best practices for producing high quality data
Tout, Kathryn, 16 May, 2013
(INQUIRE Webinar Series, Webinar 3). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

This webinar will provide an overview of best practices in data management. These practices promote data integrity and ensure that high quality data are available for reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

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Implementation science part 2: Examples from the states
Lake, Dianne, 12 September, 2012
New York: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

This webinar contains three presentations on the intersection of implementation science and child care and early education quality improvement initiatives. The first presentation presents a framework for the use of implementation science in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). The second presentation shares Minnesota's experience of using implementation science in the implementation of Parent Aware, the state's QRIS. The third presentation is on the application of implementation science by the National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center) in their professional development activities.

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Features of professional development in child care quality improvement systems
Kreader, J. Lee, 09 February, 2011
New York: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

This webinar discusses the findings of a 17-state survey of the coaching, training, and technical assistance strategies aligned with state quality rating and improvement systems, as well as the resulting trends, questions, and issues for future consideration emerging from the study.

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