Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes


August 14, 2019

Updates from the ECTA Center

IDEA Part B, Section 619 National Survey (2019 Summary Report)

This report describes the results of a survey conducted with State IDEA Part B Section 619 Coordinators in 2018. It provides a national picture of state administration and practices related to serving young children with disabilities in accordance with the IDEA Part B, Section 619 Program. The report is intended to inform and assist State 619 Coordinators, state and local partners and national efforts in enhancing the quality of services for preschool children with disabilities and their families.

618 Child Outcomes Data Completeness Calculator

Complete data are higher quality and more useful for decision making. For the child outcomes Preschool Special Education Reporting (Indicator 7), data are complete when there is a child outcome entry and exit record for all children exiting the program during the year. The 619 Child Outcomes Data Completeness Calculator is an Excel-based analytic tool that can be used to determines the percent of children exiting the program with complete child outcomes data as a proportion of the 3-5 child count. The calculator uses the 3-5 child count as a proxy for the number of children exiting the preschool program. The calculator is designed to support state staff in monitoring child outcomes data completeness across programs. The tool includes expected ranges for the percent of the 3-5 child count with complete child outcomes data. The expected ranges were developed based off of review of state data over a 5-year period and serve as an informed starting place for review of the data. Note: If the state has a count of children exiting the preschool program during the outcomes reporting window that would be a better estimate of completeness and should be used. This tool was co-developed with DaSy.

News from the Field

The Vibrant and Healthy Kids Report: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities. The report applies the science of prenatal and early childhood development to policy, program, and systems changes.

What If We Expanded Child Care Subsidies? A National and State Perspective

This brief from the Urban Institute examines what would happen if child care subsidies were funded so every family with income below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines that is eligible under their state’s other rules could get a subsidy if they wanted one. At current federal funding levels, only 15% of all children eligible for Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) support actually receive it. The Urban Institute used a microsimulation model to estimate the effects on children and their families if everyone who was eligible actually received assistance. The report found that allowing all eligible families to access child care subsidies would let more parents work, raise incomes, and reduce poverty.

Engaging Family Child Care in QRIS

This resource jointly developed by the BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network provides an overview and critical role of Family Child Care (FCC) plays for families as an early care and education option for young children. It offers considerations for the integration of FCC into state QRIS systems, as well as state examples.