BUILD envisions a time when all children thrive
and race, place, and income are no longer predictors of early childhood outcomes.
state leaders create policies, infrastructure, and connections across agencies and organizations to advance comprehensive, high-quality, and equitable programs, services, and supports for young children, their families, and communities. We help leaders think and act systemically to address disparities and expand their networks to enhance their capacity to take action.
Our expert staff and consultants in early childhood systems building offer a wide range of support to states.
BUILD partners with state early childhood leaders to catalyze change and implement a whole child/whole-systems vision. Our approach is both responsive and forward-looking.
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The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives
Report April 1, 2021
This paper, an update of a 2014 version, highlights the significant benefits of developing a statewide community-level infrastructure as a core component of a statewide early childhood system. It provides an overview of the key lessons BUILD team members and systems-building partners have learned over the years.
The Equity Leaders Action Network Ripple Effects
Report June 1, 2021
The Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) is BUILD’s fellowship program to support state- and county-level early childhood leaders committed to advancing toward racial equity. It was created in response to four challenges reflected in early childhood program, entities, and organizations: racism, fragmented early childhood systems, lack of community and beneficiary voices, and a dearth of policy leadership intentionally committed to racial equity. This brief summarizes the ripple effects of the project.
Philadelphia’s Early Learning Community Speaks Out: An Action Plan for Quality Improvement
Report June 1, 2021
This report explores opportunities to further develop and improve a system of quality improvement and supports in Philadelphia. Based on input from more than 300 early childhood providers, 16 quality improvement organizations, and four public and private funders, the report offers 17 recommendations for quality improvement.
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