Supporting High Quality Services for Children and Families

10/2/2015

Operating on national and regional levels, the federal early childhood training and technical assistance (T/TA) system will support high quality services for children and families. All entities will:

  • Target services for children birth to age 5, and their families, with supports for expectant families and school-age children;
  • Promote the provision of comprehensive services and school readiness with strategies that are age, developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate;
  • Provide high-quality, evidenced-based, practical resources and approaches that build capacity and create sustainable early childhood practices at the regional, state, and local levels;
  • Scaffold timely and relevant guidance, training, materials and professional development activities to account for different stakeholder needs and levels of readiness;
  • Emphasize use of data for continuous quality improvement, coordination, and integration across the broader early childhood sector;
  • Build upon previous evaluations and lessons learned from the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care T/TA; and
  • Include evaluation of the quality of the assistance provided and the degree to which early care and education programs, staff, children and family’s needs are met.

Source: Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families

Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance

Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Training Module

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently released a new infant-toddler parent training module, designed to enhance the social emotional development of infants and toddlers through parent-child interactions and relationships. The materials were created for facilitators to provide a one-day training to parent-child groups and home visitors.

Source: Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Available at: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/training_piwi.html

National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation

One of the OCC’s priority goals is assisting States, Tribes, and Territories to design child care subsidy programs that are child focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. These child care subsidy programs reach all sectors of the early childhood and school age field, thus serving children birth through age twelve. The aim is to integrate child development goals and family self-sufficiency goals in order to promote increased stability and higher quality services that lead to improved child and family outcomes.

Efficient, well run programs enhance access to services for eligible families and children and create a key link in the education of young children and the self sufficiency of families. The National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation will support the work of Tribal grantees related to CCDF administration by: helping Tribes create continuous quality improvement efforts as they set quality goals; developing and coordinating peer-learning opportunities and leadership development; and supporting a biennial National Conference and other trainings for Tribal grantees.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Available at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d5ba3970634bfea64897f5fa497b4e3b&tab=core&_cview=1