Pathway to Children Ready for School and Succeeding at Third Grade

This report presents the Pathway to Third Grade School Success framework, which aims to guide choices made by community coalitions, service providers, researchers, funders, and policymakers to achieve desired outcomes for children and their families. The Pathway framework assembles a wealth of findings from research, practice, theory, and policy about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those living in tough neighborhoods.

Leading for Results: Developing Talent to Drive Change

This report describes Annie E. Casey’s results-based approach to leadership development and its impact in communities through its fellowship program. This report describes how the program fosters results-based leadership, why validating data in programs moves leaders to action, the five competencies of results-based leadership, and how groups can use this approach to improve outcomes for children and families.

Emerging State Structures: Organizations the Promote Collaboration

This excerpt from a National Conference of State Legislatures publication examines state organizations that are intended to promote collaboration. It reviews the purpose of promoting collaboration, elements of success, and key partners required to ensure effective collaboration within a State.

Leadership in Systems of Care: Creating and Communicating a Shared Vision

This brief describes what a shared vision is and why it is important, the critical role of leadership in promoting a shared vision, essential characteristics of successful leaders, and key steps in developing and communicating a shared vision. The brief, which draws on the Systems of Care leadership study and experiences of the Children’s Bureau Systems of Care grant communities, also includes resources for more information about creating and communicating a shared vision.

Strategic Intuition

This blog post introduces the concept of strategic intuition, or the ability understand, foresee, and respond quickly to ever-changing circumstances. The author explains how strategic intuition is something that is often developed over time.

Adaptive Leadership Toolkit

This toolkit was designed to help identify and develop adaptive leadership skills. It includes reflective questions to help individuals consider their own and others’ adaptive leadership skills, as well as a process for identifying areas to strengthen, a self-assessment, and questions to help with next steps.

Multi-Attribute Consensus Building Tool

This tool is used for building consensus through participatory decisionmaking. Its quantitative process enables large and small groups to discuss and weigh items and either reach consensus or identify the sources of differences of opinions. This tool could be useful in building state capacity and identifying priorities.

Supporting Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Inclusive Settings

This tool provides information to support training on sustainability. It includes a script and training materials. Through the training, participants will learn about the principles of sustainability and generate specific strategies that individuals, teams, programs, and communities can implement to assure continuation of newly implemented practices.

Field-Wide Leadership: Insights from Five Fields of Practice

This report seeks to inform questions about why the early childhood education field has not developed capacity to systematically engage in field-wide work to lead on its own behalf. It examines whether field-wide leadership is exercised in other fields and how other fields address issues having significance and consequence for their fields of practice overall. It describes field-wide leadership in five fields of practice: financial planning, nursing, opportunity finance, quality management, and social work.

Confronting the Quiet Crisis: How Chief State School Officers Are Advancing Quality Early Childhood

This report focuses on the role that Chief State School Officers can have in expanding and improving early learning opportunities. The report highlights leadership in five States: Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Rhode Island. It addresses key questions that State leaders might have as they work to develop strong early childhood programs and presents eight key leadership strategies to support this work.