Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children.
This excerpt from a National Conference of State Legislatures publication examines state organizations that are intended to promote collaboration. It reviews the purpose of promoting collaboration, elements of success, and key partners required to ensure effective collaboration within a State.
This brief describes what a shared vision is and why it is important, the critical role of leadership in promoting a shared vision, essential characteristics of successful leaders, and key steps in developing and communicating a shared vision. The brief, which draws on the Systems of Care leadership study and experiences of the Children’s Bureau Systems of Care grant communities, also includes resources for more information about creating and communicating a shared vision.
This webinar offers an overview of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System by examining contextual factors that impact the system. These contextual factors include State team characteristics, state advisory councils, and funding resources.
This paper aims to improve understanding of the flexibility, opportunities, and barriers that exist under current federal law with respect to cross-program integration within human services programs and across the welfare and workforce systems. It analyzes three models for service integration and presents recommendations for the Federal executive and legislative branches of government.
This tool is a research-based self-analysis instrument. It is designed to help reveal a special set of mental qualities and mediation channels for handling the demands and opportunities of life.
This blog post explains scenario planning, which the author describes as a way to think through “what if” possibilities.
This blog post introduces the concept of strategic intuition, or the ability understand, foresee, and respond quickly to ever-changing circumstances. The author explains how strategic intuition is something that is often developed over time.
This paper examines similarities in service integration efforts and uses this information to develop a set of organizing principles and constructs for planning a service integration initiative. First, it elaborates on two key dimensions—relationship intensity and institutional similarity—critical for understanding any particular integration effort. Second, it proposes a strategy for framing integration efforts based on these two dimensions. Third, it considers the implications of this framework for developing an integration agenda.
This paper argues that current approaches to early childhood research, policy development, and investment are too narrow and only address one aspect of the entire system. It advocates for a broader approach that focuses on systemic reform, universal access, improved quality, accountability, increased respect for the value of children and the families who raise them, and increased public investments in services and leadership. The paper culminates with a concrete proposal for reforming the early childhood system.