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.
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.
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.
In this workshop, participants engaged in practical exercises to look for expected and unexpected patterns in their own data with the goal of increasing competence with data quality and prioritizing areas for data quality improvement.
In this session, participants engaged in practical exercises to look for expected and unexpected patterns in their own data with the goal of increasing competence with data quality and prioritizing areas for data quality improvement.
Tips to address challenges in COS conversations were gathered from family members and practitioners. This presentation summarized those tips and highlighted related resources to incorporate those tips into Child Outcomes Summary (COS) team discussions.
The COS-KC assessment checks if practitioners have background knowledge needed to participate in a high-quality Child Outcomes Summary process. These presentation slides are from an IDIO Conference session introducing the COS-KC and helping state staff consider how the COS-KC might enhance their outcomes data collection and professional development activities.
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.