Policy and Program Implementation

The Next Step in Systems-Building: Early Childhood Advisory Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood

This report describes States’ progress in establishing and implementing Early Childhood Advisory Councils. It is based on interviews with representatives involved in Early Childhood Advisory Council development in all 50 States. The report also offers recommendations for how to ensure that the councils make a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families.

Building Agency Capacity for Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare agency level and describes strategies for preparing an agency and its staff to engage families effectively.

Indicators for Social and Emotional Development in Young Children: Challenges and Opportunities

This webinar presentation offers reasons social-emotional development is important to school readiness and provides indicators for social-emotional development.

New York State Council on Children and Families, Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative Web page

This Web site is dedicated to the New York Council on Children and Families. It includes a number of resources related to implementation of strategies impacting the availability, accessibility, and quality of services for children and families.

Integrating Systems of Care: Improving Quality of Care for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families 

This document highlights the importance of engaging communities, youth, and families as the prime movers in creating an integrated human services system. It also uses a series of case scenarios to illustrate the many positive effects that a coordinated and collaborative approach can have on children and their families. The document underscores the importance of advocating for change through many examples of successful systems integration efforts at state and local levels, and it summarizes recommended advocacy and social marketing methods.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems that Spend Smarter: Maximizing Resources to Serve Vulnerable Children

This brief looks through the lens of State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant projects to identify ways in which they can promote smarter spending for vulnerable young children as States plan for and implement new, more integrated systems. It has a special focus on promoting social and emotional health and well-being, which are critical precursors to both later health and school readiness. This analysis will help state officials, community leaders, and advocates take action to ensure the healthy development of children and their families.

The Hexagon Tool – Exploring Context

This tool focuses on six factors related to evidence-based practices: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement. It was designed to help States, districts, and schools systematically evaluate new and existing interventions. This tool can help teams have discussions and make decisions based on information from numerous sources.

The Challenge of Institutional ‘Milieu’ to Cross Systems Integration

In this resource, the authors argue that cross-systems integration requires an understanding of organizational “milieu,” or the underlying norms, values, and behavioral patterns that shape the way the agency functions and makes decisions. This article is the fifth article in series discussing integration of human services systems.

System Integration Strategies

This table outlines action steps that an organization or group may want to follow when integrating systems to improve services for children and families. The actions are grouped by overall strategy and partnership stage.

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.