Miami was among the first communities in the nation to implement an early learning quality improvement system that started as an effort to prepare children for kindergarten, focused on developing basic skills in literacy, math and science, as well as social and emotional health and behavior. The Children’s Trust, using intensive review of data and multiple evaluations found that programs needed financial assistance to afford the high cost of quality care. Low school-readiness payments, under enrollment due to an oversaturated child care market, and limited high quality options acted as major barriers in increasing the quality of care. Miami’s new early learning quality improvement system, Thrive by Five, aims to overcome these barriers and level the playing field in low-income neighborhoods by providing strategic financial investments to incentivize programs to improve and sustain their delivery of high-quality early learning services. In this webinar, hear how The Children's Trust refined their quality improvement system to respond to community child care needs that included families up to 300 FPL.
Click here to access the slide deck for this webinar.
Click here to access the Thrive by 5 QIS Evaluation Framework.
Report February 1, 2023
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 January 31, 2023
BUILD recently interviewed five parent leaders about their experience in parent coalitions. In addition to reminding us of the need to address implicit bias on behalf of all families and children, they provided their thoughts on ways to ensure the coalitions fulfill their purpose and best meet the needs of families, and whether there’s room for improvement in the way they function. Here’s what they told us.
Archived Meeting Resources January 31, 2023
States are making significant advancements in their quality improvement systems (QIS) as they look for solutions to widen the aperture and fully embrace a mixed-delivery system that will best serve children, families, and the early care and education workforce. To achieve this, QIS policies need to become more flexible and create different pathways to quality, including a variety of established, high-quality delivery models. In this session participants heard how Montessori programs are working with state leaders from Illinois, Michigan, and Washington to be part of the QIS.