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Municipal Governments: Using Data to Develop and Strengthen Early Care and Education Programs National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Presentation Overview n n n YEF Institute Background How We Got Started: Developing an Early Care and Education System at the Local Level The Emergence and Growth of Data Collection Efforts City Examples YEF Institute Resources Contact Information
National League of Cities (NLC) • Oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States • Represents roughly 19, 000 cities • Direct member cities – 1, 600 • 49 state municipal leagues • Works with local elected officials from cities of all sizes and all parts of the country NLC’s Mission: To strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. To learn more, visit www. nlc. org
Institute for Youth, Education, and Families • The YEF Institute is a special entity within the National League of Cities. YEF Institute’s Mission: • In 2000, NLC launched the YEF Institute in recognition of the roles that local leaders can play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth. To help municipal leaders take action on behalf of children, youth, and families. • The Institute focuses on several issue areas related to strengthening families, including early childhood success and K-12 education. To learn more, visit www. nlc. org/iyef
How We Got Started: Developing an Early Care and Education System at the Local Level National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
NLC Early Childhood City Challenge Early Childhood Champions n 100 City Challenge to Membership n Emergence of Common Theme: Need to develop a strong local early care and education system and infrastructure n
Systems Coordination Among Early Care and Education Programs Develop Strategic Action Plans That: n Integrate and Coordinate Programs n Improve Linkages n Promote Cross-Disciplinary Training n Create a Formal Process
Institutionalizing the System Designate a Point Person n Create a Mayor’s Office for Children n Appoint an Interagency Coordinating Council n Ask City Departments to Make Early Childhood a Priority n
The Emergence and Growth of Data Collection Efforts National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Using Data to Inform Decision Making Serves as a Tool to Improve a City’s Early Care and Education Work n Enhance the Quality of Programs Offered n Help Elected Officials Make Strategic Decisions n Leadership from Mayor Secures Buy-In n
Types of Data That Cities Are Collecting n. Population Data n Conditions of Children at Birth n Public Investments n Health of Children n Child Safety in Families and Child Care Settings n Impact and Effectives of Education Programs
Strategies for Completing Data Collection Efforts Work with Local Colleges and CCR&Rs n Work with Data Collecting Agencies n Utilize Existing Databases n Analyze the Data from a Number of Angles n
Capitalizing on Data Collection Efforts Convene a Town Summit n Engage Targeted Constituents n Hold a Press Conference n Organize a Coalition/Task Force n Develop a City Plan on Early Care and Education n
City Examples National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Charleston, SC n n To identify existing gaps in service delivery, the city and members of the coalition conducted a comprehensive needs assessment. The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University and the Riley Institute at the College of Charleston collected information that gave the city an accurate picture of the early care and education situation in Charleston. The findings revealed a strong need among infants and young parents. The coalition redefined the “system of supports” to include: family environment supports; learning environment supports; and community environment supports.
Mansfield, CT n n n The city has two University of Connecticut staff persons join their local advisory council collaborative, Mansfield Advocates for Children. The coalition was considering offering full day kindergarten. The director of the University Data and Research Analysis Center led the effort to create a survey, conduct analysis, and provide results. Full day kindergarten was implemented that year. The city has been able to recruit a childhood development professor for consultation, a geography chair for data work, and a professor from the psyche department who conducts research on child outcomes.
Hartford, CT n n n The City of Hartford is in the process of implementing a comprehensive data collection system that will track key early childhood indicators and demographics. The city plans to develop a component that will electronically forward the data gathered from preschools into the HPS data system to facilitate effective transitions and instructional bridges. The city has developed a uniform Report Card shared between pre-k providers and kindergarten teachers that provides child-specific information on incoming kindergartners.
Denver, CO n n In Denver, The Quality Improvement (QI) Fund was designed to improve the quality of early care and education programs and children’s school readiness in Denver. The 2008 QI Fund program evaluation was designed to capture information on the impact of the 2008 QI Fund expenditures, in terms of the numbers of children and staff who benefited, the types of quality improvements made by providers, and the impact of coaching and training. The evaluation was also utilized to capture lessons learned about early care and education quality improvement efforts. Evaluation methods included: Review of records; Interviews and focus groups; Review of Qualistar ratings; and Year-end reports by providers, coaches, and trainers describing funding impact and lessons learned.
YEF Institute Resources National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Strategies and Tools n Through the YEF Institute, municipal officials and state municipal league staff have direct access to a broad array of strategies and tools that can help them strengthen families and enhance the well-being of children and youth. n n n n Action Kits Technical Assistance National Summit on Your City’s Families Targeted research YEF Institute’s website (www. nlc. org/iyef) Audioconferences Email Listservs (Early Care & Education Network)
YEF Institute Action Kits ¨ Supporting Early Childhood Success ¨ Reengaging Disconnected Youth ¨ Improving Public Schools ¨ Expanding Afterschool Opportunities Promoting Youth Participation ¨ Helping Working Families ¨ ¨ Protecting Children and Youth
Contact Information Tonja Rucker, Ph. D. Principal Associate Early Childhood Success Phone: 202/626 -3004 Email: [email protected] org National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 550 Washington, DC 20004 -1763 Web: www. nlc. org