June 21, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. A Framework for Choosing a State-Level Early Childhood Governance System
      Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved June 21, 2013
  2. Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template
      Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - June 5, 2014
  3. Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology: A National Survey
      Source: Northwestern University, Center on Media and Human Development - June 4, 2013

1. A Framework for Choosing a State-Level Early Childhood Governance System

Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved June 21, 2013

The Build Initiative recently published a new paper, A framework for choosing a state-level early childhood governance system (May 2013), by R. Elliot and K. Lipper. The paper discusses current state practices for oversight of policies and programs related to children from birth to age five and analyzes different governance approaches, with a particular focus on states that consolidate programs in the state education agency. It also describes the values and policy choices reflected in each governance approach and analyzes why a state might choose one approach over another, based on its context and interests.

2. Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - June 5, 2014

The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education is growing across the country. One important piece of evidence about QRIS effectiveness includes information about the ability of a QRIS to measure and rate quality accurately. To help states assess the degree to which decisions about program quality standards and measurement strategies are resulting in accurate, meaningful ratings, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), recently published a new tool, Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template (June 2013), by K. Tout and R. Starr.

This tool builds on the information provided in other QRIS resources from OPRE, including The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit (August 2011) and a brief on Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-age Care (April 2012).

3. Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology: A National Survey

Source: Northwestern University, Center on Media and Human Development - June 4, 2013

The Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University recently conducted a survey of a nationally representative sample of over 2,300 parents of children from birth to eight years to learn more about how they are incorporating new digital technologies (iPads, smartphones), as well as older media platforms (TV, video games, and computers) into their family lives and parenting practices. To learn more, see "Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology: A National Survey" (June 2013) [Note: Link checked on 7/7/2013 - this document is no longer available online.]