Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

8/2015

This online learning module provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:

  • why child outcomes data are collected;
  • the key features of the COS process;
  • the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
  • how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;
  • how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
  • the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
  • when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
  • how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.

Please use the link below to register for the module. You will be automatically redirected to the module after registering. The module is self-paced, so you may access it as often as desired.

Source: ECTA Center and DaSy Center

Available at: http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/

Second-hand Smoke – Self Learning Module (2 hours)

8/24/2015

Learn how to protect children from disease caused by smoke exposure.  Children exposed to second and third-hand smoke are sick more often. Electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine are hazards for children too. Teach children about the hazards of second-hand smoke and how to avoid these hazards. Use the information and support materials to help smokers quit.  Submit the self-assessment for review by completing the online assessment,  scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, or sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7.1 C1, K7.1 C2, K.4 C3; 2 hours credit. Meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.)

Source: Early Childhood Education Linkage System, Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania

Available at: http://ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/professional-development-training/self-learning-modules/item/203-second-hand-smoke-self-learning-module-2-hours

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

5/2015

This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:

  • why child outcomes data are collected;
  • the key features of the COS process;
  • the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
  • how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;
  • how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
  • the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
  • when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
  • how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.

The following sessions are currently available:Session 1: So What’s This All About?

  • Session 2: Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 3: Essential Knowledge for Completing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 4: The 7-Point Scale

Please use the link below to register for the module. You will be automatically redirected to the module after registering. The module is self-paced, so you may access it as often as desired.

Source: ECTACenter.org : The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Available at: http://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/outcomes.asp#COSProcessModule

Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Digging Into Data – Head Start

Welcome to Digging Into Data. Do you sometimes wonder how you can use your program’s data to decide on new priorities? Are you frequently stumped by questions from governing body or Policy Council members about program activities? Do you get easily overwhelmed by the statistics in reports from your information management system? Do you wonder how you can better use your annual report and presentations in the community to tell your program’s story?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this interactive training module is for you.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/center/data2

Relationships as the Foundation of Quality Infant and Toddler Care: A Unit of Four Online Lessons

Relationships as the Foundation of Quality Infant and Toddler Care is a series of four online lessons. Explore the importance of positive, nurturing relationships with infants, toddlers and families, even before the baby is born. As they work through the lessons, Early Head Start staff should think about how relationships are built with babies and families in their programs.

Lesson 1: Relationship-Building Skills
Babies enter the world ready to form relationships with adults. Their growth and development depend on the bonds formed with their primary caregivers. This lesson helps staff identify the relationship-building skills that support positive relationships with babies and their families.

Lesson 2: Prenatal Development and Relationships
The parent-child relationship begins developing before baby is born. During this lesson, staff will explore the senses—touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight, and movement—as they develop before birth. Discover strategies to use with expectant families that support the developing mother-infant bond.

Lesson 3: Building Relationships with Infants in Out-of-Home Care
Positive nurturing bonds with caring adults are the key to the healthy development and learning of infants and toddlers. Using video analysis, this lesson helps staff recognize practices that support and promote positive relationships during routine experiences in group care.

Lesson 4: Using the Five R’s to Support Learning With Infants, Toddlers, and Families
During the previous lessons, staff explored the importance of relationships. This lesson explores how the other four R’s—responsive interaction, respect, routines, and repetition—help build positive relationships.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and the Early Head Start National Resource Center

New Interactive Tool on the ECLKC! Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Digging Into Data

4/2/2014

The Head Start National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO) has created the next online learning module in the Data in Head Start and Early Head Start series. Digging Into Data is now available on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).

The interactive training tool uses real-life scenarios to help program leaders choose and use data for many audiences. Activities include checking the integrity of available information and using a variety of techniques to aggregate and analyze data.

Topics for the module include:

  • Sharing data appropriately with different audiences
  • Selecting program data to answer specific questions
  • Effectively using data to draw conclusions and take action

Access the Module

Select the link to explore this new resource: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/center/data2

Questions?

For more information, contact NCPMFO at 1-855-763-6647 or PMFOinfo@edc.org.

Source: National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations.

Introduction | AI HUB

2013

Implementation Teams consist of the people who do the work of implementation (Stages, Drivers, and Improvement Cycles) with Usable Interventions. They develop and sustain capacity to assure intended academic and behavioral outcomes are realized. The work of Implementation Teams requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that are available, but not commonly used deliberately. For applied purposes and illustration, this module uses state and local educational systems as context. This module is designed to assist educators (e.g., in schools, districts and state agencies) in building Active Implementation capacity to ensure improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students.

Source: Active Implementation HUB, Frank Porter Graham Institute

Available at: http://implementation.fpg.unc.edu/module-3?o=ecta

Tutorial 6 – Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and their Families

The Early Head Start and Head Start programs serve our most vulnerable children and families, including those who have experienced trauma. The last 10 years have brought tremendous strides in understanding child development and the developing brain. We have focused much of our attention on the importance of early relationships, the interactive nature of growth and development, the aspects of a child’s risk and resilience, strategies for promoting learning, and the science of child development. We have a deeper understanding of the early experience of young children and recognize how much the early years matter — including the experience of and recovery from trauma. The study of trauma, its effects on young children and their families, as well as healing and recovery has been expanding. Likewise, a large number of resources, publications, and interventions are easily accessible. This tutorial focused on trauma will provide a learning experience as well as valuable links to a broad range of resources for further learning and exploration.

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Available at: http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/trauma/index.html?utm_source=TACSEI+%26+CSEFEL+Updates&utm_campaign=32ec175765-TACSEI+and+CSEFEL+Updates_1.2011&utm_medium=email

CEASE at Massachusetts General Hospital

Tobacco use is a serious health issue for all family members. Child healthcare clinicians are in a unique and important position to address smoking because of the regular, multiple contacts with families and the harmful health consequences to their patients. The CEASE Module was developed to help child healthcare clinicians tailor their office setting to address family tobacco use in a routine and effective manner.

CEASE was developed after extensive research in the adult and child healthcare settings, based on the current best practices for the adult setting. The CEASE Module is currently being scientifically evaluated by a team of tobacco control experts, pediatricians, public health professionals, and dissemination specialists.

Source: CEASE at Massachusetts General Hospital

Available at: http://www2.massgeneral.org/ceasetobacco/index.htm

Partnering with Families in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Family involvement is critical to quality early childhood mental health consultation. Involving families increases the likelihood that family members will feel valued and help implement strategies at home and thus reinforces the impact of consultation (Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, n.d.). Early childhood mental health consultants can use information from this tutorial to strengthen their understanding of how to facilitate strong partnerships with families within the consultation approach and overcome common barriers, building a framework within which the quality work begins and develops.

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Available at: http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/family-engagement/index.html