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Leadership

Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Status Report

This report on the State Advisory Council progress covers the period from the award of grants through February 2013. It contains four sections: background, update on required grant activities, advancing early childhood systems beyond grant requirements, and state and territory profiles.

Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single-Program Solutions to an Early Care and Education System

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.

Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care: Overview of the National Cross-Site Evaluation

This report shares the findings of a five-year cross-site evaluation of the implementation of the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care demonstration initiative. This initiative focused on infrastructure development to strengthen human service agencies’ capacity to support families involved in public child welfare. The report provides findings and lessons learned on infrastructure development and capacity-building processes, systems and organizational change, and child welfare outcomes.

State Human Services Organization: Strategies for Improving Results

This chapter, part of a five-part report, provides an overview of new directions for organizing state human services, factors that contribute to existing organizational challenges, and strategies for improvement. It features a section on organizational strategies for tight budget times and factors for legislators to consider when making decisions about programs and agencies.

Gaining Buy-In From the Front Line During Times of Change

This brief examines the critical role of frontline staff in implementing change and outlines key steps and strategies for engaging them during times of change. Though this brief discusses strategies in the context of systems of care, the lessons and tips have broader application to other child welfare agency reform efforts that reflect new ways of working with children and families.

Increasing State and Local Capacity for Cross-Systems Innovation: Assessing Flexibility and Opportunities under Current Law

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.

Leadership Skills Module

This Web site provides a compilation of resources related to leadership skills. It includes articles and tools on a range of leadership-related topics, such as general leadership, understanding power, leadership styles, emotional intelligence, becoming a leader, young and future leaders, and crisis and contingency planning.

Gregorc Style Delineator, 4th edition

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.

Management Skills Module

This Web site provides a compilation of resources related to management. It includes articles and tools to support individuals with recruiting, building and managing a highly effective team; developing and motivating team members; delegating effectively; and managing teams.

Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education

This guide describes state policy strategies that look beyond the major sources of child care and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing sources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings. It provides state policymakers and advocates with approaches that facilitate the innovative use of funds, encourage partnerships at the state and local level, and replicate promising models from other States.