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Strategic Relationships

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children. 

Setting the Context: The Process of Collaboration

This PowerPoint provides an overview of research and theory regarding collaboration in the early childhood field and provides a research agenda for moving forward. It outlines five overarching questions that should be addressed by future research.

Early Learning Challenge

This Web page provides information about the Early Learning Challenge, including an e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The Early Learning Challenge is a major federal funding initiative supporting States in their efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs that support children from birth through age five (particularly those at high risk).

Building Strategic Relationships Module

This training module includes information on how to build a successful strategic relationship. It was designed to support Child Care and Development Fund State Administrators in developing relationships that support systems building. The module includes key concepts, considerations, and tools.

Early Childhood State Advisory Councils Final Report

This final report on State Advisory Councils grants highlights general themes across the States and presents each State’s accomplishments in meeting the grant requirements. It also suggests implications for future Council work.

Elements of the Early Childhood System in Maryland

This presentation looks at various elements of the early childhood system in Maryland, including demographics, service integration, collaboration efforts, and measures of levels of success within the State.

The Partner Tool

The Partner Tool is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people and organizations. It is designed for use by collaboratives and coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected and how resources are leveraged and exchanged. It can also be used to link outcomes to the process of collaboration.

When State Collaborations Work, How do They Work, and How Can They be More Effective, More Often: Applying Lessons Learned from Community Coalitions

This PowerPoint resource examines a series of approaches to evaluate the collaboration process, track the path from collaboration to outcomes, and apply this to make collaborations more effective. The presentation also addresses results-based accountability and how this approach can facilitate effective collaboration.

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.

Building and Sustaining Child Welfare Partnerships

This brief highlights the importance of interagency collaboration and community partnerships, shares lessons learned by Systems of Care grantees, and describes steps and strategies that child welfare agencies can use to forge partnerships with child- and family-serving organizations and community members.