Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes


December 12, 2019

Updates from the ECTA Center

SSIP Phase III, Year 3 (FFY 2017) Content Analysis

States' SSIP Phase III, Year 3 reports for FFY 2017 (submitted in 2019) were reviewed and analyzed by TA providers from ECTA and DaSy centers, and summarized to reflect where states are in implementing and evaluating their SSIPs. The results are available in two forms; as a 5-page summary document, and in a scripted PowerPoint presentation.

Implementation Site Development from Selection, through Practice Fidelity, to Scale-up and Demonstration

As states are making progress with implementation and scale up of evidence-based practices, be sure to check out the wealth of tools and resources on our Statewide Implementation Guide. Implementation Site Development from Selection, through Practice Fidelity, to Scale-up and Demonstration details important considerations for becoming an implementation and demonstration site at various stages of implementation.

News from the Field

Broadening the Definition of Collaboration in Early Care and Education

A recent publication in Early Education and Development highlights the success of models that collaborate with underutilized community partners such as local libraries and the YMCA, to bring more resources into early care end education programs. The paper outlines the success of the Educare Learning Network, programs that collaborate with local school districts, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and policymakers to share information and learn from one another.

Building Momentum: State Progress on Early Learning in 2019

A new article from the Center for American Progress highlights areas of progress states have made over the course of 2019. These include state budgets and legislation that address the child care crisis, and improvements to state infrastructure, access to child care, and home visiting. The article goes on to stress that states must do more to ensure families have access to high quality, affordable, equitable, and accessible early learning programs.

Realizing the Promise of Family First: A Systematic Approach to Child Welfare Transformation

This article published in Policy & Practice addresses the development of Washington, D.C.'s Family First Prevention Plan. The Federal Families First Prevention Services Act (Families First) is designed to serve more children in their homes and communities, while safely reducing reliance on foster care placement. States now have the opportunity to access Title IV-E funds for evidence-based practices to prevent entry into foster care. Staff from Chapel Hall Center for Children used active implementation planning to support the community planning effort in DC.