This paper begins with a high-level contrast of programs with strong and weak essential supports, presented through leader, teacher, and parent perceptions and experiences of their ECE programs and researcher observations. Then for each essential, we describe the organizational structures and practices present in programs with strong essential supports and provide a table highlighting key differences in those structures and practices when the essentials are strong versus weak. We close with suggestions for ongoing discussion of implications of these findings and of the Early Education Essentials surveys for improving the performance of ECE at scale.
Report April 28, 2022
The BUILD Initiative is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal through five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partner with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health and nutrition, mental health, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure, and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, and tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to quality and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.
Blog March 30, 2022
This profile features Lonias Gilmore, MPH, Director of Health Equity and Social Justice at the Big Cities Health Coalition, a forum for the leaders of 35 of the largest metropolitan health departments in the US to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the more than 61 million people they serve.
Blog February 25, 2022
This blog is a summary from the keynote remarks made by Dr. Valora Washington during the BUILD Initiative's Partner State meeting in fall of 2021.