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Early learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act: Expanding opportunities to support our youngest learners
Martella, Jana, 31 October, 2016
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

This webinar discusses provisions to support early learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Three areas of particular focus include: expanding access to high-quality early learning; encouraging alignment and collaboration from birth through third grade; and supporting educators. Representatives from North Carolina, Colorado, and Arizona share their state's perspectives and strategies in leveraging opportunities under the ESSA.

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System building models discussion
Mathias, Debi, 05 October, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar discusses the functions of an early childhood learning system using the quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) framework. It then examines the operation of these functions across sectors such as Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten, and early intervention.

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The costly consequences of not being socially and behaviorally ready by kindergarten
Lipkowitz, Robyn, 15 September, 2016
Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures

This webinar presents research findings from a study on the consequences that can occur when school readiness skills are lacking in the area of social-behavioral development. These consequences include grade retention, suspensions/expulsions, and receipt of support services. Presenters from Colorado discuss solutions, strategies, and policy options designed to promote readiness skills in young children prior to kindergarten.

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Building state P-3 systems: Learning from leading states
Riley-Ayers, Shannon, 12 September, 2016
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

This webinar discusses P-3 learning systems building and the role of state and local support. An overview of efforts from three states -- Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts -- is presented. Panelists discuss six themes that emerged from a related policy report: two-pronged approaches--policy and local support; new state structures and collaboration patterns; system building at regional, community, and neighborhood levels; pushing for impact; pre-K/K seam as a common starting point; and balancing oversight and local flexibility.

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High-quality early learning for dual-language learners: Moving from research to policy to practice
Calderon, Miriam E., 08 September, 2016
Fairfax, VA: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

This webinar discusses approaches to early learning development standards designed to better serve children who are dual-language learners. Presenters from three states (Washington, California, and South Carolina) share efforts to improve program standards, assessment design and implementation, and professional development.

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Setting up families for success: Advancing an advocacy framework for low-wage working parents & their children
Hooper, Amanda, 19 July, 2016
Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center

This webinar examines the relationship between work schedule instability and child care access for low-wage working parents. Presenters discuss federal (Schedules That Work Act), local, and private sector models, as well as policy recommendations intended to support family economic security.

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Equity starts early: Strategies to consider in promoting high-quality early education
Poppe, Julie, 30 June, 2016
Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures

This webinar examines five action steps states can take to prevent achievement gaps in the early learning years, based on a report from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) which identified relevant key policy areas. Presenters from Louisiana and West Virginia share their states' framework and efforts in state-wide implementation to ensure kindergarten readiness for all children.

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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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Using community assessment to advance cultural competence and racially equitable outcomes for young children and their families
vonBargen, Nancy, 10 June, 2016
Fairfax, VA: National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance

This webinar discusses ways in which State, Territory, and Tribal leaders and program directors can use community assessment data to promote equity in early care and education programs and services. Case studies around transportation and workforce are presented to demonstrate how Head Start's Five Steps to Community Assessment framework can be used in various situations to identify new or underserved populations, and ultimately develop data-based strategic plans toward equitable care and education of young children.

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Inclusion for young children with special needs in child care: What the field needs to know at a federal, state & local level
Rausch, Alissa, 01 June, 2016
Chicago: Ounce of Prevention Fund

This webinar discusses inclusion services for young children with special needs in terms of quality, access, participation, and support. Presenters examine current policy opportunities and strategies designed to improve and expand high-quality inclusive services.

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State preschool programs: Annual yearbook update
Weyer, Matt, 26 May, 2016
Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures

This webinar discusses key findings from the 2015 State of Preschool Yearbook, providing an overview of select results from states and national trends in the areas of access/enrollment, state funding, and quality standards. Also examined are policies to support dual language learners and the preschool workforce, based on supplemental surveys added this year.

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The role of child care subsidies in the lives of low-income children
Moore, Kristin A., 25 May, 2016
(Emerging Scholars Webinar No.15). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

This webinar is hosted by the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC), an initiative of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). Presenters discuss the role of child care subsidies in terms of enhancing low-income children's development and school readiness, in addition to supporting parents' employment goals.

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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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Early childhood inclusion: Implementing state recommendations from the federal Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
Doggett, Libby, 14 April, 2016
Washington, DC: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program

This webinar examines recommendations for state action as outlined in the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs. State teams from Maryland, Vermont, and Massachusetts discuss their states' implementation of high quality inclusion programs, including support for local level improvement activities.

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Breaking through to changed jobs, changed organizations and a new system vision: Using unexpected strategies to re-imagine your QRIS work
Mathias, Debi, 30 March, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar explores the challenges and opportunities involved in changing job functions of state agency staff, contractors, and partners as quality rating improvement systems (QRIS) are implemented. Presenters from Oregon share their experiences, which include contracting with an outside management firm to create a new system support and monitoring framework, facilitating alignment with the state's QRIS goals.

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Poverty, health, equity, and young children: Making the link between early childhood systems building and poverty reduction
Cardenas-Chaisson, Angelica, 24 March, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar examines the role of early childhood and child health policy in supporting families and young children in poverty. Experts from the field of welfare, family, and health policy present research related to poverty risk factors and child development. They also share insights concerning the development of bipartisan solutions for strengthening families, improving child well-being, and reducing child poverty.

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Making informed decisions: A guide to understanding early education research
Mathias, Debi, 24 February, 2016
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

This webinar examines ways in which one can identify high quality, evidenced-based early care and education research both in general and within the realm of building quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). Selected QRIS issues are addressed which include: the school readiness achievement gap; early education/Head Start academic outcomes; early education investment (cost-benefit ratio); program environment, policies and practices; measuring quality; and teacher/administrator qualifications and credentials. Reliable research resources are shared and ensuing discussion focuses on translating research into practice.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Opportunities for early learning
Dichter, Harriet, 18 February, 2016
Boston: Build Initiative.

This webinar provides an overview of the early learning elements within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and discusses the Act's opportunities for early childhood stakeholders. Topics addressed include: coordination and funding for early childhood; state support and coordination; required indicators of school quality or student success; family engagement; professional development; literacy; dual language learners; place-based early learning services; and pre-k strategic planning and needs assessment.

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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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CCDF 2015 NPRM topical webinar: Consumer education and quality provisions
Schumacher, Rachel, 20 January, 2016
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

This webinar discusses provisions related to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 in the areas of: child care quality; early childhood workforce development; and information access for parents, providers, and the general public. Provisions that apply to tribes are included. The public comment process is addressed and outlined as well.

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The Every Students Succeeds Act: What does it mean for afterschool and summer learning?
Peterson, Erik, 20 January, 2016
Washington, DC: Afterschool Alliance.

This webinar provides a policy background on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was originally enacted in 1965. Next, it presents an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), along with its implementation and impact on afterschool and summer programs. Key impact areas include programs such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers, STEM Afterschool, and Community Schools. Other areas for potential Title 1 state opportunities include: literacy programs; family engagement efforts; Youth Promise Plans; and Direct Student Services.

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CCDF 2015 NPRM topical webinar: Protecting the health and safety of children in child care
Schumacher, Rachel, 15 January, 2016
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

This webinar discusses provisions related to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 in the areas of health and safety of children in childcare. Topics include: licensing, training, and monitoring; criminal background checks; and emergency preparedness and response. Provisions that apply to tribes are included. The public comment process is addressed and outlined as well.

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CCDF 2015 NPRM topical webinar: Providing equal access to stable, high quality child care for low-income children
Schumacher, Rachel, 13 January, 2016
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

This webinar discusses provisions in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 related to equal access to high quality child care through child care assistance for low-income children. Topics include: continuity of child care assistance; access for children and families experiencing homelessness; and provider payment rates and practices. Provisions that apply to tribes are included. The public comment process is addressed and outlined as well.

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Reduction of suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs in Pennsylvania: Comments to draft announcement
Algatt, Andrea, 11 January, 2016
Harrisburg: Pennsylvania, Office of Child Development and Early Learning

This webinar presents an analysis of public comments made in response to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning's draft announcement concerning the reduction of expulsion and suspension in early childhood programs in the commonwealth. Comments are presented by type of program. Topic areas include: professional development; access to resources; timeliness for services (screening, evaluation, and diagnosis); funding; safety environment; parent collaboration; and systemic changes (e.g., monitoring and data collection).

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QRIS stakeholder theories of change and practice models
Mathias, Debi, 15 December, 2015
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

This webinar provides discussion on theories of change and practice models for building quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), based on a survey of stakeholders from states and localities involved in QRIS design and implementation. Comparison of models and recommendations for next steps are included.

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Overcoming challenges and improving quality in your 2016 CCDF plan
Calderon, Miriam E., 15 December, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar examines ways in which states can improve quality within their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) plan. Presenters from several states and organizations discuss how they are addressing quality improvement via initiatives and models involving issues which include quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), child care subsidy programs, family child care, equity for specific populations, professional development, early learning standards, early childhood mental health, dual language learners, child care market rate surveys/cost of quality, and supply-building/industry consolidation.

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Expanding pre-K into community settings
Faria, Ann-Marie, 11 December, 2015
Naperville, IL: Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest

This webinar features three presentations on the expansion of pre-kindergarten into community settings. The first presenter discusses federal initiatives designed to expand pre-kindergarten programs. Next, a presenter from Massachusetts shares findings in the areas of implementation and quality from the Boston Public Schools K1 in Diverse Settings (K1DS) pilot study. Lastly, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) in Michigan is featured as the third presenter describes his state's experience with pre-kindergarten program expansion within the past three years.

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Child Care and Development Fund: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM): Overview
Rudisill, Shannon, 01 December, 2015
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

This webinar provides an overview of proposed regulations for states, territories, and tribes related to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. Topics addressed include: health and safety training and standards; parent and consumer education; equal access for low-income children; quality of child care; and the development of the early childhood workforce. An implementation timeline is depicted, and the public comment process is outlined.

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The Pyramid Model/EC-PBIS: Preventing bias, suspensions and expulsions in early childhood settings
Corso, Robert M., 30 November, 2015
Denver, CO: Pyramid Model Consortium.

This webinar discusses the Pyramid Model, a multi-tiered intervention system of practices to promote social and emotional skills in young children and to support the workforce in doing so. Presenters address topics which include: practice implementation at scale with fidelity; implicit bias and its effect on decision making; principles of culturally responsive practice; suspension/expulsion data issues and new policy highlights from Denver Public Schools; and lessons learned from 12 years of work with states and programs.

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Supporting children's social and emotional needs and reducing early childhood expulsions
Poppe, Julie, 19 November, 2015
Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

This webinar examines concerns about young children's challenging behavior as well as recent early childhood expulsion data. Presenters share examples of intervention approaches to promote children's social and emotional competence, as well as supports for parents and teachers. Legislative steps, such as the Pre-K Student Discipline Amendment Act of 2015, are discussed along with other jurisdictional policies to reduce suspensions and expulsions from publicly-funded child care.

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CCDBG implementation station: Child safety
Nichols, Jay, 22 October, 2015
Arlington, VA: Child Care Aware of America

This webinar examines the new safety requirements under the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. Presenters from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children discuss their work in child safety procedures, abduction prevention, and emergency preparedness.

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Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Highlighting the new opportunities for health, nutrition, and obesity prevention
Scott, Krista, 29 September, 2015
Arlington, VA: Child Care Aware of America

This webinar explores opportunities to support health, nutrition, and obesity prevention measures under the reauthorized Child Care & Development Block Grant. Presenters from Nemours Children's Health System and New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA) share their experiences working with states and communities in making system level changes and implementing best practices in this area.

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Measuring curriculum implementation in QRIS
Mathias, Debi, 29 September, 2015
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

This webinar discusses national trends regarding QRIS indicators of curriculum use and assessment practice in early care and education programs. Challenges and strategies associated with curriculum and assessment documentation are examined, along with how the state of New Mexico, in particular, is approaching this process.

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Evolving mature QRIS: Reflecting on going for great
Mathias, Debi, 23 September, 2015
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

This webinar provides a discussion of QRIS implementation in two states, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Key QRIS leaders present their state's accomplishments, along with challenges and opportunities experienced along the way.

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Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Highlighting new opportunities for consumer education
McCready, Michelle, 26 August, 2015
Arlington, VA: Child Care Aware of America

This webinar provides an overview of the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization, focusing on consumer education mandates. Best practices for implementation, along with opportunities for states to provide information to parents/caregivers are explored. A representative from Minnesota shares examples of consumer education practices recently launched in her state.

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Lessons from the Learning Table on great teaching and learning
Mathias, Debi, 25 August, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar discusses findings from the Learning Table, a project examining state policies and initiatives to promote children's learning through improvements to teaching quality. Presenters address implementation factors faced when moving practices into policy. Overviews of action plans developed by six state teams (Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee) to improve teaching quality are shared.

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It's more than just a star: Using QRIS data to drive program improvement
Mathias, Debi, 18 August, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar examines ways in which quality rating improvement systems (QRIS) data can be used to improve workforce development and early childhood education programs, in addition to supporting research, evaluation, and assessment. Presenters from Knowledge Universe Education share case studies and opportunities for using QRIS data. A representative from Michigan's QRIS, Great Start to Quality, discusses their rating process, along with accessible data sources used to inform practice and policy implementation at both the state and regional levels.

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Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014: Highlighting the new opportunities for family engagement
McCready, Michelle, 30 July, 2015
Arlington, VA: Child Care Aware of America

This webinar explores family and community engagement opportunities under the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. A representative from the National Black Child Development Institute discusses their Parent Empowerment Program, a curriculum that provides parents with support, knowledge, and skills in the areas of child development, parenting practices, and healthy relationship building. The Head Start/Early Head Start parent, family, and community engagement framework is examined. Barriers to effective family engagement are discussed, as well as strategies for program promotion. Additional resources/tools for parents and providers, including Vroom and the Talk, Read, Sing program, are exhibited.

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Approaches to state prekindergarten eligibility policy: Considerations for policymakers
Poppe, Julie, 21 July, 2015
Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

This webinar provides a national overview of state prekindergarten eligibility policy, based on findings from a recent policy report by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes. Three state examples are examined in terms of individual risk factors (Tennessee and Michigan) and a hybrid approach (North Carolina). A presenter from the Virginia House Appropriations Committee shares remarks regarding the revised preschool enrollment eligibility policy in her state. Finally, considerations for policymakers are discussed.

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How the new CCDBG law could impact low wage workers
Blank, Helen, 21 July, 2015
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

This webinar provides information about the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization law, focusing on state implementation and impact on low-wage workers.

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Determinants of subsidy stability and child care continuity
Sandstrom, Heather, 24 June, 2015
Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

This webinar discusses factors contributing to instability in subsidy use, based on findings from the 2010-2014 Illinois/New York Child Care Research Partnership. This study analyzed longitudinal state administrative data, as well as experiences of subsidy clients in four diverse sites in Illinois and New York. Policy implications in the context of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 are presented.

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ECTA/DaSy System Framework Self-Assessment demonstration
Hebbeler, Kathleen, 18 June, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

This webinar provides an overview of the Framework Self-Assessment's features, as well as a demonstration of its use. This Excel-based tool enables states to identify strengths and weaknesses in their systems, address areas for improvement, and measure progress over multiple points in time.

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Getting better and better: How three QIS/QRIS systems are moving forward with quality
Mathias, Debi, 17 June, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar examines ways in which states and localities are using data as a tool to improve their quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). Presenters from Palm Beach, Florida, as well as New York and Washington State, discuss the implementation of expanded data-based systems in their states, the outputs of which have provided information valuable to stakeholder decisionmaking.

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QRIS policies, processes and procedures guidance materials
Mathias, Debi, 21 April, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar explores the topic of guidance materials, focusing on guidance manuals developed by states to document their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) policies, processes and procedures. Benefits and risks involved in having/not having comprehensive guidance manuals are identified. Representatives from Arizona and Washington State share their experiences in creating clear and accessible implementation materials for all participants involved in their quality rating and improvement systems.

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Implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant reauthorization
Matthews, Hannah, 15 April, 2015
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

This webinar provides an overview of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization law, focusing on new opportunities and implementation. Select provisions concerning provider training, on-site inspections, licensing requirements, background checks, quality, family-friendly policies, and provider payment rates are discussed.

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Supporting principal leadership for pre-K-3rd grade learning communities
Squires, James H., 02 March, 2015
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

This webinar discusses competencies for effective principal practice in aligning early care and education with early elementary grades. Leaders from Minnesota and Connecticut share examples of strategies that have been implemented in their states.

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QRIS ratings and outcomes: Psychometric issues and validation
Mathias, Debi, 23 February, 2015
Boston: Build Initiative

This webinar discusses the challenges and opportunities involved in validating quality ratings and improvement systems (QRIS). Focus is on the alignment of quality indicators, both indirect and direct, with child academic and socio-emotional outcomes. A simulated QRIS study based on two datasets (National Center for Early Development and Learning multi-state study and the State-Wide Early Education Programs study) is presented as an example of validating existing QRIS using various state rating structures such as a point, building block, or hybrid system. In addition, a meta-analysis study is featured to illustrate psychometric properties of scale development. The psychometric issues examined include item selection, dimensionality, item scoring, and reliability standards.

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Evaluating early childhood educators: Prekindergarten through third grade, a supplement to the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Educator Evaluation Systems
Martella, Jana, 27 January, 2015
New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

This webinar provides a background on the supplemental guide and recommends uses for states and district teams involved in designing and solving problems in evaluation systems for early childhood teachers. Research is presented based on studies of 11 states' systems, highlighting the successes and challenges in the implementation of Illinois' teacher evaluation system.

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Policy options to support children from birth to age three
Lupher, Eric W., 24 November, 2014
Livonia, MI: Citizens Research Council of Michigan

This webinar discusses a report that analyzes program-related policy options for targeted public funding initiatives to benefit Michigan's children from birth to age three. It first estimates the need for services for at-risk children, and then identifies evidence-based programs with potential to address those needs. Identified programs include: home visiting programs; medical home access (e.g., Children's Healthcare Access Program (CHAP)); high-quality child care promotion; and subsidized preschool for three-year-olds.

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Supporting babies through QRIS: A self-assessment tool for U.S. States & other jurisdictions
Mayoral, Maria Victoria, 18 November, 2014
Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

This webinar provides an overview of Zero to Three's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Self-Assessment Tool, which can help identify strengths, opportunities, and gaps in the system. Presenters from Utah and Miami share their QRIS vision for continuous quality improvement, along with examples of standards and supports for infants and toddlers.

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