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Whole Leadership for Family Engagement

Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in the Summer 2017 edition of Kansas Child Magazine, a publication of Child Care Aware of Kansas. FOR DECADES, the value of partnering with families to support children’s learning and development has been touted among early childhood care and education leaders. Initiatives to enhance family engagement in early childhood […]

Whole Leadership Framework now available in Exchange

The Whole Leadership Framework, which has been in development for more than a year, has been published in the January/February edition of Exchange Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 […]

Getting Intentional About Supporting Each Child: The Difference You Can Make

Recent research in the early childhood field has revealed that, when it comes to quality in early childhood programs, one size does not fit all. The learning and development of each child is influenced by gender, race, ethnicity, language, ability, socio-economic factors, and especially family—factors that comprise each child’s unique culture.

Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS

Of the 24 statewide quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), 21 include linkages to national program accreditation and 15 include accreditation status as an alternative pathway to quality at a specific level of a statewide QRIS. While there is general agreement that program accreditation status is a valid measure of overall quality, little attention has been paid to the relationship between accreditation status and the threshold scores […]

Rethinking our Reliance on Praise

As an administrator, you most likely spend time observing teachers and providing feedback on their performance. Do you praise them or do you provide them with encouragement? What is the difference? Understanding the difference between praise and encouragement can help you find ways to support peak performance.

Support One, Impact Hundreds: Evaluation of a Facilitated Cohort Model of Online Director Training

As the gatekeepers to quality, early childhood directors set the standards and expectations for staff performance, family engagement, and community outreach. Research has consistently shown that the effectiveness of program administrators is directly related to their own level of formal education and specialized training in leadership and management. Unfortunately, few program directors have had specialized training in educational leadership and business management prior to assuming their administrative […]

Implementing Continuity for Infants and Toddlers

Continuity of care during early childhood is not a new idea. Keeping children together with the same teacher and peer group, also called looping or sustained instruction, has been around the educational world for a long time and is standard early childhood practice in many countries.

Home-Based Child Care—Characteristics Associated with Different Levels of Quality

While the majority of research on the quality of early care and education focuses on center-based settings, more than half of young children in care spend time in home-based settings. The most vulnerable children, those from low-income, single-parent, and limited education families, are even more likely to use home-based care. This Research Note summarizes a study funded […]

Connecting with Families: Outreach that Works

You have worked hard to create a nurturing and supportive environment in your program. Your staff feel well supported and are motivated to create a quality program for the children you serve. Now, how do you form that important link in carrying out your work with the families you serve?

Child Care Center Directors’ Experiences with QRIS

Implementing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is an increasingly popular strategy to expand the access of families, especially the most vulnerable, to high-quality child care programs. Currently there are 22 statewide QRIS and several states have QRIS implemented at the county level. Recently QRIS was a major component of the Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge competition. It […]

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