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Building comprehensive state systems for vulnerable babies: A resource for state leaders
Center for Law and Social Policy, January 2011
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

An examination of strategies for states to develop comprehensive early childhood systems for infants and toddlers through policy and service coordination

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Building & supporting an aligned system: A vision for transforming education across the pre-k-grade three years
National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, 2011
Alexandria, VA: National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation.

A discussion of policies and practices to align early childhood and elementary education in a high-quality prekindergarten through third grade system

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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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Evaluation summary of the Expanding Opportunities Interagency Inclusion Initiative
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (U.S.), May, 2011
Chapel Hill, NC: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.

A summary of an evaluation of the Expanding Opportunities Interagency Inclusion Initiative, which supports collaborative efforts in states to improve inclusive opportunities for young children, that examines the implementation of inclusion strategies in participating states, based on a review of existing data, focus groups with technical assistance specialists, a validity check with national technical assistance partners, and a survey of state contacts

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Framing the future: Addressing pre-k in ESEA
Pre-K Coalition, May 2011
Alexandria, VA: Pre-K Coalition.

A discussion of opportunities to include prekindergarten in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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Maximizing the impact of state early childhood home visitation programs
National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices, 08 March, 2011
Washington, DC: National Governors' Association, Center for Best Practices.

As new federal funds augment existing state investments in home visiting, governors have an opportunity to integrate home visiting into an effective and comprehensive early childhood system. Several strategies can ensure that states use new and existing resources wisely to ensure more consistently high-quality programs that are better targeted to families' needs with less duplication of effort. Governors should lead efforts to: Promote coordinated planning and shared accountability across the agencies that fund home visiting and other early childhood programs; Develop research-based quality standards and support ongoing program improvement; and Improve data linkages to track outcomes and better target services. (author abstract)

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Maximizing the impact of state early childhood home visitation programs [Executive summary]
National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices, 08 March, 2011
Washington, DC: National Governors' Association, Center for Best Practices.

A summary of a discussion of strategies to integrate home visitation programs into state early childhood systems

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Promoting local partnerships between child care and Early Head Start: Ideas for state leaders
National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative (U.S.), August, 2011
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Child Care.

The following information is intended to outline specific State policy choices that impact how easy or difficult it is to develop a formal partnership agreement between child care providers and EHS grantees. It is organized according to the key functions of a comprehensive State early childhood system (as defined by a group of national organizations and individuals who make up the Early Childhood Systems Working Group): Define and coordinate leadership; Finance strategically; Enhance and align standards; Create and support improvement strategies; Recruit and engage stakeholders; and Ensure accountability. Additional information and technical assistance regarding this system framework is available on the Build Initiative website. In this brief, each section includes: (a) basic background, (b) strategies to consider, and (c) an example of implementation in early care and education. (author abstract)

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Quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) and Head Start alignment
Mitchell, Anne W., September, 2011
Denver, CO: QRIS National Learning Network.

A discussion of Early Head Start and Head Start alignment with and participation in state child care quality rating and improvement systems

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State early childhood advisory councils: An overview of implementation across the states
National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices, 2011
Washington, DC: National Governors' Association, Center for Best Practices.

An examination of developments and variation among state early childhood advisory councils, based on a review of state applications for grants provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as updates provided by council leadership

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State early childhood advisory councils: An overview of implementation across the states [Executive summary]
National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices, 2011
Washington, DC: National Governors' Association, Center for Best Practices.

A summary of an examination of developments and variation among state early childhood advisory councils, based on a review of state applications for grants provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as updates provided by council leadership

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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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Streamlining government through early childhood governance
The Policy Group for Florida's Families and Children, 15 February, 2011
Auburndale, FL: The Policy Group for Florida's Families and Children.

A discussion of a single governance structure for the system of early childhood services in Florida

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Tipsheet for early childhood-child welfare partnership: Policies and programs that promote educational access, stability, and success for vulnerable children and families
United States. Administration for Children and Families, April 2011
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

An overview of federal policies and programs that can be used to promote early care and education for children in the child welfare system

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Transforming public education: Pathway to a pre-k-12 future
Pew Center on the States, September, 2011
Washington, DC: Pew Center on the States.

A discussion of policy recommendations to integrate prekindergarten into the kindergarten through grade 12 system

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Using pre-k to advance education reform: Opportunities for State Advisory Councils
Goffin, Stacie G., October, 2011
Washington, DC: Pre-K Now.

A discussion of State Advisory Council steps to incorporate prekindergarten into broader education reform agendas

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Vision to practice: Setting a new course for early childhood governance
Goffin, Stacie G., January 2011
Washington, DC: Goffin Strategy Group.

An account of federal, state, and local efforts to incorporate structured governance into early childhood education and care systems

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