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Strategic Relationships

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.

Steps for Considering and Creating an Alliance

This e-newsletter outlines steps for nonprofit organizations when considering and creating an alliance in order to engage in coordination and collaboration. It describes a five-step process for forming an alliance and provides recommendations for each step.

Webinar on Collaboration in Early Child Care and Education

This PowerPoint provides an overview of current issues and approaches to collaboration in early care and education. It includes a theory of change logic model and provides examples of collaborative early care and education initiatives.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-age Programs

This strategy brief describes approaches and considerations for using the Child Care and Development Fund to support quality improvement in school- age programs. It is intended to provide information for Child Care and Development Fund administrators looking to improve access to high-quality school-age care that reflects the unique needs of school-age children. The brief is based on a review of the literature and interviews with state child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.

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.

State Level Collaborations and Collaborating Programs

This PowerPoint outlines considerations for measuring collaboration in the early childhood field. It describes key dimensions of collaboration, outcomes to consider, and methodological issues.

Early Childhood Systems Building from a Community Perspective

This brief explains what is required to build a system that helps to keep kids healthy and ready to learn and is easier for parents to understand and navigate. It explores how this kind of systems building work differs from direct services and program delivery. This brief also illustrates the need for systems building at the local level from the perspective of children and families who experience systems directly, as well as through the eyes of the service providers who work within those systems.

Collaboration Checkup: Assessing and Improving Your Community Partnership

This toolkit provides an overview of partnerships and resources to support partnership evaluation. It was developed to help community agencies better understand the functioning of partnerships so they can more effectively develop and nurture those that have a measurable impact in local communities. The toolkit provides example surveys and other measurement tools to assess both the functioning of the partnerships and the results achieved.

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.