The Integration of Early Childhood Data: State Profiles and a Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education 


The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) announced the release of a report that will help states refine their capacity to use existing administrative data from early childhood programs to improve services for young children and families. The report covers key considerations when states integrate data and highlights progress in eight states that are actively developing and using early childhood integrated data systems (ECIDS). The report discusses technical assistance and other resources available to states as they develop their ECIDS.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families

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Promise Neighborhoods Convene to Share and Learn


I was truly inspired by the peer–to-peer learning that quickly developed into the pervasive spirit of this year’s Promise Neighborhoods Directors Meeting. Our annual convening on June 13-14 brought together more than 250 administrators, evaluators, and practitioners to strengthen relationships, forge new ties, and expand our knowledge of how to truly construct a cradle-to-career promise in our communities. Peers shared tips on how to effectively administer the program, apply solutions to nagging community challenges, and effectively use their data to drive results.

The meeting opened with a warm introduction from Anna Hinton, director of Parental Options and Information here at the Department of Education. Anna gave an overview of the portfolio and highlighted some of the critical issues facing Promise Neighborhoods that peers would tackle together throughout the conference. Anna was then joined by Michael McAfee, senior director at the Promise Neighborhoods Institute (PNI). Michael touched on the role of PNI in assisting the grantees with reporting on data outcomes and PNI’s role in supporting the grantees’ solutions in the field.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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Request for Proposals from States and Support Organizations (Doing What Works In Action)

The Doing What Works Initiative (DWW) is seeking proposals for Implementation Awards to be used for the integration of DWW resources into professional learning or school improvement support processes. The goal of the awards is to develop a deeper understanding of how educators can be better supported to integrate evidence-based educational resources, such as those offered by DWW, into their everyday work.

Source: Doing What Works In Action

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Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for ECEC

Do you care about improving quality in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)? If yes, this is the site for you!

The Quality Toolbox is intended to present “practical solutions” for anyone with a role to play in encouraging quality in ECEC. It presents five policy levers that are likely to enhance quality, underpinned by the international research base and country experience.

If you click one of the five levers, you will find supporting materials and tools designed to help you explore ways to improve ECEC services in your country.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Our Children Can’t Wait: New Regulations Increase Accountability and Boost Quality in Head Start | The White House


We know that the first years of our children’s lives are critical. That’s when the most rapid development happens in their brains and when they pick up the social, emotional, and academic skills that will help them succeed.  When children get what they need during these early years, it can lay the foundation for success in school and through every stage of their lives.

President Obama and HHS’s announcement today of historic reforms to the Head Start program will help to ensure that all children in Head Start are attending top-notch programs that will help them reach their full potential. The Department of Health and Human Services will implement new rules that will – for the first time in the program’s history– require all Head Start grantees that fail to meet a new set of rigorous quality benchmarks to compete for continued federal funding.

Source: The White House

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Understanding and Using the CLASS for Program Improvement

Head Start directors, education managers, mentor coaches, teachers, and others are using Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM) observation results obtained from OHS monitoring and program/ grantee-level evaluation to help improve program quality and outcomes. CLASS is a new benchmark for Head Start quality and staff may feel uncertain about how to understand and use CLASS results in their pro- grams and classrooms. Questions from the Head Start community include, “Now that we have our triennial review, what do the CLASS scores mean?” “Where do we go from here?” and “How do we help teachers improve their interactions with children?”

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center/National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

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