Tag Archives: Age 0-5

Intersectionality, Quality, and Inclusion: The Role of Race in the Early Childhood System

Today’s early childhood system has many positive and meaningful supports for children and their families. However, outcomes for children are disparate. Equitable access, appropriate supports, and full inclusion are not available to all children. This disparity is especially true for racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse children and families. In this session, participants examined history and data to explore how bias and ableism have impacted the early childhood system, specifically in relation to intersectionality, the perception of “quality” in programs, and inclusive services for all children.

Building an Equitable System: Six Components of High Quality

This session focused on recent revisions to the revised Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center / Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems System Framework to infuse equity more intentionally into the indicators of quality. Participants learned how the framework has been used and then, with colleagues, brainstorm opportunities for applying the framework at both the state and local levels of their systems.

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Professional Development Resources to Reinforce Core COS Practices

This session explored available Child Outcomes Summary (COS) resources that help teams focus on functionality, cover the breadth of the outcomes, develop age-anchoring skills, determine ratings with the decision tree, and engage families in COS conversations. Participants discovered how these resources can improve, refresh, or refine team implementation of the COS process. Professional development providers and technical assistance staff using these resources shared strategies for practical implementation of quality learning activities for busy practitioners.

Critical Need to have Families at the Table

Families are key stakeholders in state and local data conversations. They provide a unique perspective that is critical for program improvement. This session introduced the Family Data Leader Pilot project. This project is a collaboration between the Center for Parent Information and Resources and Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems. Participants increased their knowledge about what types of data there are, why data is collected and how data drives improvement with a focus on equity. Participants also gained strategies to successfully participate in data discussions.