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Cross system collaboration: A fresh look at working together: Increasing access to quality early learning: State examples
United States. Office of Child Care, August, 2011
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

The Office of Child Care (OCC) requested this report to capture the spirit and themes that emerged from this meeting and participant discussions. Based on information shared at the meeting and further research by the author, emerging topics being discussed by States and communities seeking to build collaborative services include: 1. Aligning quality across programs using the highest standards and putting funding together creatively to minimize complexities for parents, providers, and teachers. 2. Ensuring that eligibility and payment rules allow for creative collaboration that improves quality and continuity. 3. Developing a continuum of comprehensive services taking into account the whole family and linked to where children are. 4. Expanding and building 0-5 expertise and ownership among stakeholders. 5. Working across sectors to continually improve the quality of both the collaboration and the services delivered. By no means are these ideas and examples shared in this report meant to be exhaustive; many other approaches exist in States and communities. The report concludes by describing some additional ideas meeting participants suggested for moving forward in collaboration and next steps in progress at the Federal level. (author abstract)

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State initiatives to promote early learning: Next steps in coordinating subsidized child care, Head Start, and state prekindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2001
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

This document addresses the expanded funding for subsidized child care, the Head Start program, and in some states, prekindergarten initiatives. It describes the challenges facing Georgia, Massachusetts and Ohio in addressing the need to provide work supports for families and the need to address school readiness for all children. The paper also offers recommendations to these states.

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State issues and innovations in creating integrated early learning and development systems: A follow-up to Early childhood 2010: Innovations for the next generation
United States. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011
(HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4661). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In convening Early Childhood 2010, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education sought to highlight and encourage innovative and integrated state early learning and development systems. The many state examples detailed in this document illustrate an array of approaches and activities now underway, with numerous opportunities for state leaders to learn from each other. Even in challenging times, states can develop unique approaches to a range of issues, including coordinating state leadership; using data effectively; developing systems of quality improvement; partnering with families and communities; integrating health and behavioral health across systems; and addressing the needs of children with multiple risks to their development. (author abstract)

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State issues and innovations in creating integrated early learning and development systems: A follow-up to Early childhood 2010: Innovations for the next generation [Executive summary]
United States. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011
(HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4661). Rockeville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A summary of highlights from a meeting to improve collaboration among federal, state, and local partners in order to support state integrated early learning and development systems for children from birth through age 8

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