State Quality Improvement Systems (QIS) leaders are reexamining the initiatives, tools, programs, and investments in their quality improvement frameworks. They are looking at initiatives in terms of cost and scalability, alignment with philosophy, how the initiatives work together, impact and evaluation, and particularly, provider perspectives. Some states, including those that use the LENA Grow program, are tracking program participation in initiatives to better understand the type of support that contributes to building quality programs and improving outcomes for children. In this webinar we hear about LENA Grow and other ways leaders from Colorado, Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina are implementing innovative data-driven initiatives to improve quality.
- A New Approach Webinar: Panelist Bios
- LENA Grow Impact Report
- Analysis of QRIS scores and adult-child interaction
- “New Data Analysis: One in Five Children in Child Care Spends Most of the Day in Language Isolation”
- “Research Shows Links between LENA Grow Participation and Social-emotional Growth”
- LENA’s 14 Talking Points
- Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (VA ITSN)
- “Changing the Lives of Babies, Young Children and Their Families”
- “Colorado Quality Initiatives Brief Overview”
- “State and Federal Stimulus Strategies: Ensure All Families Have Equitable and Easy Access”
- “Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health Support Line: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions”
- “Colorado Office of Early Childhood Federal Stimulus Funding FAQ”
Fact Sheet November 22, 2023
The document summarizes the work being done by organizations focused on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Report November 15, 2023
This brief focuses on the ways that states are using PDG B-5 grant funding to create and sustain career pathways in the early care and education field. “Career pathways” are broadly defined here, referring to a wide range of activities that support prospective and current early educators in advancing in the profession. States’ initiatives span an early educator’s complete career trajectory, from strategies to recruit new candidates into the profession to initiatives that create new specializations for educators who want to propel their careers further.
Report November 1, 2023
PDG B-5 Planning and Renewal Grants are being used by states across a wide range of content areas in the early childhood care and education system, and in a variety of ways. The federal funding provides a systems framework and seeks to offer flexibility within that framework. States are using the federal funding to build capacity, create infrastructure, provide direct services, and pilot work that is new for them. This work is occurring within a broad framework provided by the federal government. This brief explores the choices that PDG B-5 grantees plan for the use of the financing provided, which has impact on the overall ECCE systems that they are building and implementing. Within PDG B-5, states had to demonstrate how they would allocate the financial resources available across required and discretionary activity categories. We can learn about their priorities from a look at the choices that they made.